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A unique piece of Wales’ Black history from Cardiff goes online: William Hall’s Slavery Narrative

6 August 2020

William Hall, an escaped slave and resident of Cardiff, published his life story from Bute Street in 1862 An extremely rare piece of Wales’ Black history has been published online for the first time. Published on the city’s Bute Street … Continue reading

No learning-lockdown here!

2 April 2020

Our doors may be closed, but whether from our attics, bedrooms, or desks-under-the-stairs, we are still here to support your learning, creativity, and well-being during these unprecedented times. No rest for the wicked, nor the self-isolated: we’ve been busy preparing … Continue reading

DCDC19: Navigating the digital shift – practices and possibilities

18 November 2019

A report from archivist Alison Harvey, who attended Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities (#DCDC19), a collaborative conference series hosted by The National Archives, Research Libraries UK, and Jisc, 12-14 November at Birmingham Conference and Events Centre. Introducing the Library of Birmingham  … Continue reading

City of Song: A Guide to Music Archives and Libraries in Cardiff

3 December 2018

Cardiff may be the UK’s most musical city: in addition to over 30 live music venues, it is home to some incredible music archives – from unique, original compositions and ancient volumes to newspaper cuttings of Tom Jones’ tabloid exploits. … Continue reading

Guest post: Exploring women’s libraries and book ownership, 1660-1820

19 October 2018

This guest post comes from Natalie Saturnia and Molly Patrick, undergraduates in English Literature, who took part in a research placement this summer as part of the Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP). Natalie and Molly worked as research assistants … Continue reading

Guest Post: Safeguarding the Adrian Gibson Collection

20 September 2018

This guest post is courtesy of first year Architecture student Theodora Stefan, who has been working on the collection of architectural historian Adrian Gibson (d.2006) as part of a CUROP project with the Welsh School of Architecture and Special Collections … Continue reading

Guest Post: Barbier Archive Launch

28 June 2018

This guest post is courtesy of Katy Stone, an undergaduate with the School of Modern Languages who is currently working through the fascinating Barbier family archive as part of a CUROP project to catalogue this unique resource. Following a year … Continue reading

Exhibition: Collingwood Archive

9 May 2018

This exhibition explores the lives of the Collingwood family: four generations of influential artists and writers based in the Lake District. Their passions included art and art history, photography, archaeology, architecture, aviation, Icelandic studies, and philosophy. Launched on the first … Continue reading

Exhibition: Neighbourly Devils

13 March 2018

Don’t miss your last chance to see Neighbourly Devils, our exhibition on fairies and folklore in Wales! The exhibition will remain in Special Collections and Archives until 31 March, and can also be viewed online.  What exactly did the Puritan … Continue reading

Guest post: Conserving Edward Thomas’ herbarium

5 October 2017

The following post comes from Pamela Murray, an MSc Conservation Practice Student at Cardiff University and conservation volunteer at Glamorgan Archives. She has been working on the Edward Thomas Conservation project as a student conservator thanks to the generous support … Continue reading