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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. To celebrate our diverse music heritage, we invited experts and enthusiasts from all over the … … 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 on Dr Melanie Bigold’s project, ‘Her books: Women’s Libraries and Book Ownership, 1660-1820’. Dr Bigold’s … … 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 and Archives. As a first year architecture student at Cardiff University, I have been studying … … 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 of study abroad at l’Université Savoie Mont Blanc, France, I was delighted to be given … … 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 day of our Collingwood conference, the exhibition celebrates the archive and the year-long project to catalogue … … 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 Charles Edwards mean in 1677 when he referred to the enchanting ‘devils’ who appeared as … … 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 of the National Manuscript Conservation Trust.  Leaves and flowers are generally removed from archives or books … … Continue reading

Guest post: From rookie researcher to amateur archivist: my year in Special Collections

11 August 2017

This guest post is from recent English Literature graduate Anna Sharrard. Anna took part in modules closely aligned with Special Collections throughout her final degree year, and is now volunteering with us over the summer, creating our first Edward Thomas online resource. My first introduction to working in Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives was … … Continue reading

Guest post: Paul E. E. Barbier and Cardiff University

18 July 2017

This guest post comes from Pip Bartlett, undergraduate in French and Italian in the School of Modern Languages at Cardiff University. Pip is currently working on a CUROP project to catalogue the Barbier family archive. I have been very keen to discover more about Paul E E Barbier, one of the first Professors of French … … Continue reading

Guest post: John Taylor the Water Poet: animating the archive

13 July 2017

This guest post comes from Dr Johann Gregory, Teacher of English Literature and Research Associate at Cardiff University. The rare books in Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives have held an important place in the development of my research. As I launch a new pilot project on an early modern travel writer, I’d like to share … … Continue reading