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Aberdare Hall Students Library catalogue

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. Browse other records related to Aberdare Hall on the online catalogue.

Women's National Land Service Corps

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.

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Student Newspapers

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.

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Published works on the education of girls in Wales

Arthur Herbert Dyke Acland, Welsh education (Oswestry : Woodall, Minshall and Co. 1891). Special Collections: Salisbury, WG12.A.

Association for Promoting the Education of Girls in Wales, Second, third, fourth, fifth, ninth and tenth annual reports and lists of members, 1888-97. Special Collections: Salisbury, WG12.A.

Bryant, Mrs., Welsh university local examinations in Wales (London : National Eisteddfod Association 1887). Special Collections: Salisbury, WG12.A.

Carpenter, E. A., Dosbarthiadau cymysg mewn ysgolion canolraddol (Caernarfon : Argraffwyd gan D.W. Davies and Co., 1891). Special Collections: Salisbury, WG12.A.

Davies, Dilys Ll., The problem of girls' education in Wales (Liverpool : printed by Isaac Foulkes, [1887]. Special Collections: Salisbury, WG12.A.

Hughes, Elizabeth Phillips, The education of Welsh women : being chiefly the substance of a speech delivered at Cardiff, January 1887, on the occasion of the first public meeting of the Association for Promoting the Education of Girls in Wales (London : W. Speaight & Sons, 1887). Special Collections: Salisbury, WG12.A.

Hughes, Elizabeth Phillips, Addysgiaeth merched Cymru : yn cynnwys yn benaf sylwedd araeth a draddodwyd yn Nghaerdydd, Ionawr, 1887, ar achlysur Cyfarfod Cyhoeddus y Gymdeithas er Lledaeniad Addyg Merched yn Nghymru (Treffynnon : P.M. Evans, 1887). Special Collections: Salisbury, WG12.A.

Hughes, Elizabeth Phillips, The educational future of Wales : (with special reference to the working of the Intermediate Education (Wales) Act) (Bangor : Jarvis & Foster, 1894). Special Collections: Salisbury, WG12.A.

Hughes, Elizabeth Phillips, Dual schools in Wales (Bedford : Printed by the Bedford Publishing Co., 1897). Special Collections: Salisbury, WG12.A.

Owen, Isambard. An address on the construction of educational systems : delivered before the Cambrian Society of South Wales and Monmouthshire, on Friday, March 7th, 1890 (s.l.: s.n., [1890]). Special Collections: Salisbury, WG12.A.

Reichel, Sir Harry Rudolf, The future of Welsh education (London : Women's Printing Society, [1886]. Special Collections: Salisbury, WG12.A.

Reichel, Sir Harry Rudolf, Hyfforddiant mewn gwaith llaw yn yr ysgolion canolraddol (Treffynnon : P.M. Evans & Son, 1897). Special Collections: Salisbury, WG12.A.

Rowlands, Anna Hester Davies; Elizabeth Phillips Hughes, Manual training for girls in Wales (Bangor : printed by J.R. Brown, [1894?]). Special Collections: Salisbury, WG12.A.

Whitmell, Charles, A plea for mixed schools: a paper read at the Annual Meeting of the Governors of Aberdare Hall (for women students of the University College of South Wales and Monm.), held at Cardiff, on 12th February, 1890 (Bangor, 1890). Special Collections: Salisbury, WG12.W.