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Developments / Events: 2013

Seminar: Grant Funding, Academic Opportunities and SCOLAR Resources

The University Library hosted a key seminar aimed at improving funding opportunities for academic staff in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences – based around the research and teaching potential presented by SCOLAR’s specialist, historical and unique library and archive collections.

Following the recent expansion of shelving in SCOLAR, to accommodate its evolving collections, the Head of College, Prof. George Boyne, and the University Librarian, Janet Peters, presented the new facilities and gave an official welcome to the seminar participants. The seminar itself was an opportunity to learn about the full range of SCOLAR research resources, and gain an insight into its potential by visiting all the rare books and archives stacks, to hear of examples from academic staff who have based projects around SCOLAR collections, and to discuss potential projects for funding with colleagues, prior to developing specific grant application proposals at a later date.   

Cardiff Rare Books and Music Lecture Series

An annual series of lectures, showcasing work by academics based around the rare books and music Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR). Visiting scholars and Cardiff academics present research based on historical, literary, cultural and heritage studies, from Europe’s earliest printed volumes to the most modern digital versions of key illustrated and manuscript sources. View the programme for 2013/14 in English or Welsh.

Annual Report 2012-13

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Developments / Events: 2012

History of Medicine Sources Workshop: Research and Teaching Potential

The workshop showcases the medical history resources held at Cardiff University and in South Wales - from early modern rare books and archival collections, to the records related to modern medical genetics and evidence based medicine. In examining intellectual developments in the social history of medicine, the workshop seeks not only to explore the rich resources available in Wales for the history of medicine but also suggest possible fields and opportunities for future research. Speakers include: Jonathan Reinarz (Birmingham), Anne Borsay (Swansea) and Keir Waddington (Cardiff). Click here to view the full programme. Please book your place in advance by contacting Peter Keelan (KeelanP@cardiff.ac.uk). 

Thursday 1 November 2012, 10am-3pm. Cardiff University, Arts and Social Studies Library, Corbett Road.

 

Cardiff Rare Books and Music Lecture Series

An annual series of lectures, showcasing work by academics based around the rare books and music Special Collections and Archives (SCOLAR). Visiting scholars and Cardiff academics present research based on historical, literary, cultural and heritage studies, from Europe’s earliest printed volumes to the most modern digital versions of key illustrated and manuscript sources. View the programme for 2012/13 in English or Welsh.

 

Developments / Events: 2011

Enhancing access to learning resources 

One of the UK's largest collections of historical sheet music, held in SCOLAR, will be catalogued online in 2012. The School of Music has received nearly £50,000 from JISC to catalogue nearly 3000 pieces of manuscript and printed music, dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

 

Annual Report 2010/11

Download a copy of our Annual Report for 2010/11 in English or Welsh:

 

 

Cardiff Rare Books and Music Lecture Series

In 2010 Cardiff University acquired a major rare books research collection. An annual series of lectures has been launched to showcase work by academics based around these collections. In this series, visiting scholars and Cardiff academics will present research based on historical, literary, cultural and heritage studies, from Europe’s earliest printed volumes to the most modern digital versions of key illustrated and manuscript sources. Download the programme for Semester One here.

 

Developments / Events: 2010

Cardiff Rare Books Launch at the Senedd

Heritage Minister, Alun Ffred Jones hosted a reception and exhibition in partnership with the University and Cardiff Council to mark the transfer of the Cardiff Rare Books to Special Collections and Archives. Held at the Senedd building on 10 November, the event was the first public showing of Turning the Pages software in Wales which allows users to virtually turn the pages of digitised books.

'Turning the Pages' of one of the rare books collection

University Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant said: "The Rare Books collection puts Cardiff University and Wales at the forefront of humanities research in the UK. The collection opens a new chapter in the University's rich history and adds to our thriving Special Collections and Archives section. The books are already being used for research and will help attract the very best students and scholars to Wales. We look forward to showing this wonderful collection to the people of Wales and developing its heritage potential with partners across the city and beyond."

 

Information Services Annual Report 2010

The INSRV Annual Report features two articles on developments in SCOLAR in 2010. The first refers to SCOLAR's extension as part of the Wolfson Foundation funded refurbishment of the Arts and Social Studies Library. SCOLAR now has an additional 900m of mobile shelving to improve storage conditions for rare books and historical research materials. The second article features the completion of the Welsh Ballads Project, which has created over 5,000 digitised images of ballads, an online searchable catalogue, and an academic website of useful background materials under the editorship of Dr E. Wyn James, School of Welsh.

 

Supporting research with new collections

16th Century Bibles

The future of a unique collection of rare books has been secured for Wales thanks to a major joint University financial investment. In partnership with Cardiff Council, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, the University has provided £500K towards the total cost of taking ownership of the collection and will care for it on behalf of the nation. 

Totalling around 14,000 items, the collection spans the 15th to the 20th centuries. It was assembled by Cardiff public library during the late 19th and early 20th centuries from donations, purchases and bequests when it had aspirations to become the home of the National Library of Wales. It was feared the collection may be dispersed when it was decided that it would be put up for public sale. 

The collection includes 175 incunabula (early printed books before 1500), around 500 rare Bibles, Restoration and Quarto drama volumes, including a rare collection of early Shakespeare volumes, and a large quantity of high quality, limited edition British 19th and 20th century private presses. Many items in the collection are almost certainly not held in any other library collection in the world, and further books are only held in one other library. But the real value lies in the groupings of works. A major set of 17th century editions of Shakespeare, for example, is extremely rare, and the restoration drama collection appears to be unique in its comprehensiveness. 

A permanent home will now be found within Special Collections and Archives, making it available to members of the community from Cardiff, Wales and beyond.

 

Enhancing access to learning resources

From February 2010 Cardiff is hosting a one-year project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, to preserve and catalogue the archives of some leading British genetics scientists and a principal research organisation. The project is managed by the Director of SCOLAR and employs two archivists based at Newport Road.  Initially for one year and covering four separate archive collections, it has the potential for further funding and the inclusion of several other major collections. Once catalogued, the archives will be deposited permanently in appropriate university libraries, thus ensuring the preservation and accessibility of key records of an area of study with profound impact on human health and scientific understanding. Read more about the genetics archives project.

 

Developments / Events: 2009

 

Enhancing access to learning resources

Work on the Edward Thomas (1878-1917) archive continues, with over 6000 items catalogued. Items range from letters, poems, diaries, notebooks, personal papers, papers belonging to family and friends, over 500 photographs, and an impressive collection of personal effects.

SCOLAR has received £90,000 from the Wellcome Trust to fund the cataloguing of significant genetics archives. Read more about the project here.

SCOLAR plans to install a new digital repository, Digitool, for all its digital resources, in 2010.

A new online archives catalogue (CALM) will be launched in 2010 to allow remote browsing of all of SCOLAR’s archive collections.

SCOLAR held workshops for ENCAP, WELSH, ARCHI, CPLAN and GRASO to give ‘hands on’ experience of using rare books and archives to postgraduates and staff undertaking historical research projects.


Supporting research with new collections

SCOLAR acquired the Sir Julian Hodge (1904-2004) archive, deposited by his family - a substantial business archive relating to bank and other businesses of Sir Julian Hodge. He was the founder of the ‘Commercial Bank of Wales’ and one of the most influential Welsh businessmen of his era.

SCOLAR has been extended and new rolling shelves have been installed, creating extra space for nearly 20,000 volumes of historical rare book collections.

 

Improving profile and engagement

Library staff produced two Scoping Reports for CyMAL, the National Assembly for Wales’ division for museums, libraries and archives, outlining the contents of the Cardiff Public Library rare book collection.

An exhibition on Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth.

 

Enhancing access to learning resources

SCOLAR led an All-Wales JISC-funded project worth £66,000 to digitise Welsh ballads and provide access via an online, searchable catalogue. The project brings together ballads from Cardiff University and the National Library of Wales. A Ballads seminar took place in Cardiff on Monday 14 September 2009, featuring a range of speakers from Wales, England and Ireland.

Work has begun to catalogue the entire Edward Thomas (1878-1917) archive with the goal of making it searchable and accessible via the web. Every letter of Edward Thomas' correspondence (around 2,500 items) has been catalogued on CALM and is now fully searchable.

The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust funded a £10,000 project to conserve Edward Thomas' letters and scrapbooks. Over 1000 letters have been conserved in acid free envelopes and 1200 pages of fragile newsprint have been digitised and converted to microfilm.

 

Improving profile and engagement

SCOLAR has produced a set of 10 postcards and an accompanying exhibition to publicise 10 of SCOLAR's research collections. The postcards were distributed at the UK LILAC Conference in Cardiff, April 2009, and packs are available to purchase direct from SCOLAR for £3 each.

Alison Harvey, SCOLAR’s Assistant Archivist, had an article on the Edward Thomas archive, 'Love Letters from the Western Front' published in ARC, the Society of Archivists' magazine.

SCOLAR initiated and supported an Institute of Civil Engineers' Wales exhibition, hosted in the new Trevithick Library. The exhibition, Web of Iron - Nature, Art and Engineering, deals with the role of the engineer and the influence of nature and art in the development of the suspension bridge, focusing on the pioneering work of Thomas Telford and Captain Samuel Brown. SCOLAR supplied several key historical architectural and engineering texts to accompany the exhibition.

 

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Exhibition Images Online showcases the highlights of SCOLAR's recent exhibitions.