Hidden Histories

The University's Inner quadThe University's Inner quadAnyone interested in local history will be eager to book a place on a Hidden Histories ‘Day School’ at Bangor University on Saturday November 4th.

The event promises to reveal the history, archaeology and architecture of Bangor University.  

The University’s History and Archaeology School in collaboration with the Library and Archives have put together an exciting programme which will highlight some of the fascinating facts about the University’s history and heritage, and demonstrate the richness of its archival collections which reach back to medieval times.  

The Day begins with a series of short lectures that focus on the personalities and events that helped to shape the story of Bangor University; reveal what archaeology there is in College Park; and consider the meaning behind the heraldry on display in the fine collegiate buildings.  

Guided tours will take in some of the fine architecture and university collections.

Among the Hidden Histories to be revealed:

Architect Henry Hare left a special mark on the Neo-Gothic building which he designed and which is now a Grade 1 listed building. Although frequently described as being ‘just like Hogwarts!’ the building is actually one of the finest examples of neo-Gothic public buildings in the UK.  Come along to find out where the architect hid his special mark.

Parc y ColegParc y ColegThe Memorial Arch which stands below the main University buildings commemorates all the men from the counties of North Wales who fell during the First World War. Hear about the architectural inspiration behind its design.

Did you know that archaeologists have found evidence for a medieval chapel and burial ground in the University grounds?  See the results of the archaeological survey and find out about its ecclesiastical history.

With the ‘Bangor Pontifical’ owned by the Dean and Chapter of Bangor Cathedral and kept for safety in the Archive, you could recreate one of a range of medieval church services. This rare illuminated book belonged to Anian, Bishop of Bangor in the 14th Century and is only one of the documents available to be studied at the University’s Archives.

More recent history includes student protests at the University in more recent past, and how the University is now the natural home for Welsh medium higher education.

Dr Karen Pollock, Lecturer at the School of History & Archaeology, who has organised the Day School said:

“Bangor University has a long and interesting history which we are keen to share.   Here’s an opportunity to discover something of the people and events that have helped to shape the university's past; to wander through the beautiful college buildings designed by Henry Hare in the early twentieth century; and to marvel at some of the historical treasures stored in the university archives.'   

The day will be of interest to anyone with a passion for the past, including those with a fascination for the history of north Wales, people who attended Bangor as students or who have worked here, and those considering studying at the University in future.

People wishing to attend can register for the Event by finding it on the University’s Events pages.

Publication date: 13 October 2017