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Women's history: University history

Student's drawing of a 'sweet girl graduate', 1886

Archives: Aberdare Hall Students Library catalogue, 19th-20th century

Aberdare Hall was a women’s hall of residence for the University, established in 1885, by Lady Aberdare, (wife of the first College President) and was the first in Wales and the second in the UK.  From its early days a library was established in the Hall for the students’ residential use. Its stock was mainly built up from the personal donations of books by students in the Hall. The Library was closed in 2011 when part of the Hall was refurbished. Index cards listing the full contents of the Library from the 20th century have been retained, giving an insight into reading habits among the women students.

 

Archives: Women's National Land Service Corps, 1917-1918

7 letters relating to the Women's National Land Service Corps call up of volunteers for the 1918 flax harvest, 30 Nov 1917-16 Mar 1918. Institutional archives UCC/P/L&P/4

 

Student's article on the higher education of women, 1886

Ephemera: Student Newspapers, 1884-current

When Cardiff University (then University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire) was founded in 1883, female higher education in the UK was in its infancy. Women had recently been allowed to study at Oxford and Cambridge, but at remote, single-sex locations, and they would not be awarded degrees for another 40 years. The University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire was notable for admitting both male and female students, for allowing them to study alongside one another, and for granting degrees to women. This liberal approach was frequently commented on in the early numbers of the handwritten Magazine of the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire. We hold student newspapers and magazines from the early days of the University, right through the 20th century, and continue to collect them. An outlet for the opinion and debate of articulate, politically and socially engaged young people, they provide a fascinating insight into changing social attitudes, both of and towards women during this time. Archives 102