Fake News, Mental Health and Escaping the Library: Civic Mission in Archives and Libraries

“City and College should stand, shoulder to shoulder, facing the problems of life together” These words were written by a member of the Cardiff University Settlement in 1906. The settlement was a radical experiment in education and friendship between the University and its immediate neighbours. 113 years later, these words still sum up why we … Continue reading Fake News, Mental Health and Escaping the Library: Civic Mission in Archives and Libraries

Anglesey Archives celebrates its Sporting Heritage

Anglesey Archives has received a grant of £480 from Sporting Heritage for an event to celebrate the island’s sporting past and raise awareness of the ‘Ynys Môn Island Games Association’. Anglesey’s bid to host the International Island Games in 2025 was given a significant boost when the International Island Games Association (IIGA) confirmed in July … Continue reading Anglesey Archives celebrates its Sporting Heritage

An Introduction to the Raissa Page Collection at the Richard Burton Archives, Swansea University

Raissa Page (1932-2011) was a Canadian photographer who lived in the UK from the 1950’s until her death.  She had a successful first career as a social worker specialising in looked-after children, but in her mid-40s left this profession to become a documentary photographer. Her archive was donated to Swansea University in 2014 and is … Continue reading An Introduction to the Raissa Page Collection at the Richard Burton Archives, Swansea University

Humans of Cardigan: The Photographs of John Turnor Mathias

Ceredigion Archives holds an extensive collection of photographs from the studio of John Turnor Mathias, who operated in the town of Cardigan from the 1860s onward. Mathias photographed everyone, or so it seems from the hundreds of prints which survived. His work was not confined to the studio; there are also photographs of streets in … Continue reading Humans of Cardigan: The Photographs of John Turnor Mathias

The Public Sector Paperless Awards 2019

The Public Sector Paperless Awards were established in 2017 to encourage digital progress, recognise achievement and spread good practice in digital transformation within public sector organisations. This year there were several categories of award, ranging from data security, system interoperability, customer experience and workflow efficiency. As the work of the ARCW Digital Preservation Group has … Continue reading The Public Sector Paperless Awards 2019

Entertaining Patients in the North Wales Hospital

In the first years of the North Wales Hospital staff frequently complained they were unable to find suitable recreation and amusement for patients. Just how did staff keep hundreds of patients from different backgrounds entertained, and how did this entertainment change throughout the hospitals lifetime? When the hospital was originally built the idea of patient … Continue reading Entertaining Patients in the North Wales Hospital

Conwy Archive Service: preparing for our move to the Conwy Culture Centre

After years of grant applying and wrangling with architects, planning departments and official bodies of various kinds and rounds of consultation with the public, Conwy Culture Centre is taking physical shape on its site by the town walls in Conwy. We hope to open our doors later on in the year. Conwy Archive Service will … Continue reading Conwy Archive Service: preparing for our move to the Conwy Culture Centre

Health History Event at Gwent Archives celebrates close of Wellcome Trust Project

As I write, Gwent Archives’ Wellcome Trust project on hospital records, which I have been part of for the last six months, has just finished with a fascinating afternoon event on the 11th of April entitled ‘Public Health Care in Monmouthshire: A Historical Perspective’. This event brought together academics, members of the public and archivists … Continue reading Health History Event at Gwent Archives celebrates close of Wellcome Trust Project