Special Collections and Archives

Welcome to Special Collections and Archives: your free gateway to the treasures and unique research collections of Cardiff University.

We are here to build, safeguard, and make publically accessible a vast national and international resource of historical, arts, humanities, and scientific knowledge. Our aim is to inspire your creativity, enrich your research and support your learning.

Tennyson's Lady of Shalott, illustrated by Gilbert Pownall, c. 1910.


Explore our vast collection of books, archive documents, photographs, newspapers, illustrations, periodicals and maps.

Visitors using the reading room

Our services

Discover our collections in a quiet study environment and make the most of our content with support from our professional team.

Our blog

Read our lively blog for collection highlights, news, opportunities and events.

Visitors using the reading room

Our community

Our communities are important to us. Learn more about how we want to work with you.