Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives often play host to students from a range of academic disciplines undertaking paid research placements that draw on our archival collections. We’ve been fortunate for the last two summers to be joined by Pip Bartlett and Katy Stone, Modern Languages students who have worked on the Barbier family archive … Continue reading The French influence on Welsh language revival in Cardiff
The National Coal Board collection at Glamorgan Archives contains around 4000 glass plate negatives, documenting coal mining in South Wales. These glass plates illustrate a range of subjects concerning colliery life above and below ground. As glass plates offered more dimensional stability in comparison to plastic supports, they are often found in large industrial collections … Continue reading Conserving Photographs on Glass
To celebrate the year of the sea, and Ynys Môn’s rich maritime history, we ran an art project that used archival documents to create ceramic pieces depicting the story of the wrecked steam clipper, The Royal Charter. These ceramic art works were created under the guidance of local ceramicist, Lyn Gallagher. Whilst researching for the … Continue reading Gorwel Ddoe / Yesterday’s Horizon – an Anglesey Archives project.
Last week (10th to 14th December) Flintshire Record Office was closed to the public for Stocktaking Week. This provided the opportunity for staff to catch up with back-room tasks for which there is insufficient time whilst the search-room is open. The event takes place annually and whilst the checking of our “stock” (the archive collections) … Continue reading Stocktaking at Flintshire Record Office
Commemorating the centenary of such a cataclysmic conflict as the First World War is not an easy task. We wanted to produce something that would be different and lasting, that could be a focus of remembrance and at the same time a resource to help people discover the part their family members played in the … Continue reading “Their names shall live for evermore”: uncovering hidden war memorials at West Glamorgan Archives
The Deuddwr Estate Map 1747/8 is a very large map (294 x 357cm) showing lands inherited by John Newport from the Earl of Bradford. The map was surveyed and engraved by John Rocque, a significant 18th century figure. His other works include plans of Richmond Gardens (now the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew), Windsor Castle, … Continue reading Conservation of a very large estate map at Powys Archives
By Guest Blogger, Aron Roberts I started volunteering with Denbighshire Archives at the beginning of July, looking to gain some valuable work experience before undertaking a Masters in Archive Administration at Aberystwyth University this September. During my time here, I have been improving the catalogue for the Building Control Plans for Colwyn Bay by adding … Continue reading My Route into the Archive Profession
World Digital Preservation Day (formerly International Digital Preservation Day) is held on the last Thursday of every November. This year, on 29th November 2018, the digital preservation community will come together to celebrate the collections preserved, the access maintained and the understanding fostered by preserving digital materials. The aim of the day is to create greater … Continue reading World Digital Preservation Day
Explore Your Archive week launched by endurance athlete, adventurer and broadcaster Lowri Morgan. Archives across Wales are getting ready to celebrate and showcase their services and collections for Explore Your Archive week, which this year runs between 17 and 25 November. The week long campaign encourages people to discover the stories, facts, places and the … Continue reading Welsh archives are home to a wealth of treasure – are you ready to explore?
A new exhibition, which explores the end of the Great War and marks 100 years since the first Armistice Day, is open to the public. ‘Anglesey Remembers’ is a partnership project between Anglesey Archives and Ysgol Gynradd Brynsiencyn. Chairman of the Isle of Anglesey County Council, Councillor Dylan Rees, was joined by pupils from the … Continue reading ‘Anglesey Remembers’ the Great War