Doors open to Bangor University archives and museum collections

Bangor University’s collections will be open to the public as a part of the Open Doors events on Saturday 26 September.

The Open Doors event gives the public the opportunity to have a look at some of Gwynedd and Conwy’s historical buildings, gardens and interesting and unusual locations all for free throughout September.

The Archives will be open to view a selection of manuscripts dating back to the 12th century. A talk will be provided by the Archivist including a question and answer session before visiting ‘The Welsh in Patagonia’ exhibition. The talks will be held 10.30am -11.30am and 12.00pm -1.00pm.

This is an opportunity to visit the University’s Natural History Museum, Brambell Building, which is not usually accessible to the public to learn more about the animals and plants on display in addition to a chance to ask questions to the experts available. The Natural History Museum will be open to the public between 11.00am and 3.00pm.

There will also be guided tours of the University’s Art and Ceramic Collections led by an expert guide. Highlights include art and ceramics in the Council Chamber Corridor and a chance to see and learn about works of arts by other renowned artists such as Kyffin Williams, Brenda Chamberlain, Peter Prendergast and Frederick William Hayes. The guided tours will start from the foyer of the Main Arts Building at 12.30pm-1.30pm (English) and 2:30pm-3:30pm (Welsh).

Professor Jerry Hunter, Pro Vice-Chancellor said:

“It’s a pleasure to take part in Open Doors and give people the opportunity to see inside the Main Buildings and enjoy the wealth of our collections. The Open Doors events are brilliant opportunities that offer local residents and visitors a chance to enjoy and learn more about the vast variety of artefacts included in the collections from University experts.”

If you are interested in attending the talks at the Archives or go on one of the guided tours, booking in advance is necessary. You can do this by telephoning 01248 383276 or email e.w.simpson@bangor.au.uk for the Archives or by telephoning 01248 353368 or emailing amgueddfagwynedd@gwynedd.gov.uk  for the guided tours.

For more information about other Open Doors events across North Wales throughout September, visit www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/opendoors.

Publication date: 17 September 2015