Exhibitions

Special collections and archives exhibition space
Exhibition space.

Our dedicated exhibition space regularly showcases collections for visitors.

Edward Thomas 100

A frustrated writer, suffocated by family life, and crippled by depression and self-doubt, Edward Thomas (1878-1917) found his personal and literary salvation as a soldier in the First World War.

​In 2017, Cardiff University, holder of the world's largest archive of Edward Thomas' letters, diaries, notebooks, poems, photographs, and personal belongings, hosts a major centenary conference and exhibition celebrating his life and work.

Digital exhibitions

Highlights of current and past exhibitions can be viewed below.

Edward Thomas 100: Exhibition launch

7 April 2017

A frustrated writer, suffocated by family life, and crippled by depression and self-doubt, Edward Thomas (1878-1917) found his personal and literary salvation as a soldier in the First World War. ​In 2017, Cardiff University, holder of the world’s largest archive of Edward Thomas’ letters, diaries, notebooks, poems, photographs, and personal belongings, will host a major … … Continue reading

Exhibition: Tennyson’s Women

31 August 2016

Special Collections and Archives‘ latest exhibition, Tennyson’s Women, compares changing artistic approaches to illustrating the works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892). It examines the visual depiction of female characters in the context of the Victorian medieval revival. Forgotten female illustrators, such as Eleanor Brickdale, Florence Harrison and Katherine Cameron, feature alongside more famous works by Gustave Doré, … … Continue reading

Exhibition: David Jones (1895-1974)

9 May 2016

Curated by Prof. Judi Loach, School of History, Archaeology and Religion. Images are reproduced with kind permission of the Trustees of the David Jones Estate. David Jones would become one of the leading figures in Britain’s inter-war revival of wood engraving, despite only working in this medium for little more than 5 years. 1895: Born in … … Continue reading

Exhibition: Illustrating Shakespeare

22 March 2016

Guest-curated by final year PhD student Michael John Goodman, Illustrating Shakespeare focuses on the visual representation of six of Shakespeare’s most engaging heroes and villains. Read more about the background to the exhibition, and Michael’s wider research on Shakespeare illustration, in our interview. The exhibition will be on display in Special Collections and Archives until 6 … … Continue reading

Exhibition: Livres d’Artistes

10 December 2015

Our latest exhibition was launched at the opening of the Livres d’Artistes: The Artist’s Book in Theory and Practice conference. It showcases the generous donation of artists’ books from Ron King and the Circle Press, gifted to Special Collections and Archives in 2014. Sample images from the exhibition are featured below, with captions taken from an interview … … Continue reading

Exhibition: Scandal and Sociability: New perspectives on the Burney family

19 October 2015

Frances Burney (1752-1840) was one of the most successful and influential writers of the eighteenth century, publishing four novels (Evelina: or, the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World (1778); Cecilia: or, Memoirs of an Heiress (1782); Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth (1796); and The Wanderer: or, Female Difficulties (1814), which were … … Continue reading

Exhibition: Wales in the Romantic Imagination

13 July 2015

Our latest exhibition is held in collaboration with Romantic Imprints: the 14th International Conference of the British Association for Romantic Studies, Cardiff University, 16-19 July 2015. The exhibition will run until September. Thomas Pennant (1726-1798) “… he’s the best traveller I ever read; he observes more things than anyone else does.” – Samuel Johnson on … … Continue reading

Exhibition: Patagonia: Y Wladfa @ 150 (1865-2015)

19 May 2015

Yn 2015 bydd Patagonia a Chymru yn dathlu 150 o flynyddoedd ers sefydlu’r Wladfa.  Sefydlwyd y Wladfa yn 1865, pan hwyliodd dros 150  bobl o wahanol rannau o Gymru ar y llong  ‘Mimosa’, ac ymsefydlu yn Nyffryn Camwy, Patagonia, yn Ne’r Ariannin. Mae’r gymuned Gymraeg yn parhau yno heddiw, yn ogystal â’r cysylltiadau sy’n bodoli … … Continue reading

Exhibition: Cymru ac Iwerddon / Wales and Ireland 1914-1918

5 September 2014

  Cymru ac Iwerddon 1914-18:  Delweddau o Ddau Ryfel Wales and Ireland 1914-18:  Images from Two Wars Arddangosfa gan / An exhibition by Katherine Wilkins   Ymreolaeth i Iwerddon / Home Rule for Ireland Conradh na Ghaeilge oedd y mudiad a sefydlwyd i ymgyrchu dros iaith a diwylliant Iwerddon, o fewn y mudiad ymreolaeth. Roedd … … Continue reading

Exhibition: Should women wear trousers?

11 August 2014

Special Collections and Archives’ latest exhibition is curated by Dr Becky Munford and Amber Jenkins, School of English, Communication and Philosophy. The exhibition forms part of Becky’s wider research project into trouser wearing among women in Britain, France and America since the French Revolution. Becky’s website, ‘Women in Trousers: A Visual Archive’, will be launched later … … Continue reading