Gower Through Time

An archival collection documenting the history of Gower has been excitedly uncovered by Archives Assistant (and Gower native!) Sarah Thompson. The Chapman collection offers a unique insight into Gower through time. Spanning over half a century (1900-1955), the Chapman collection was created by the Antiquarian Donald Le Cronier Chapman. Chapman was a Lloyd’s agent for … Continue reading Gower Through Time

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What next for Digital Preservation? 3 Takeaways from iPres 2022

In September, delegates from across the globe travelled to Glasgow for the 2022 iPres conference on digital preservation. Thanks to the generous support of the Digital Preservation Coalition, our Assistant Archivist Simon Mackley was able to attend the conference and find out more about the latest developments in the field. In this blog post, Simon … Continue reading What next for Digital Preservation? 3 Takeaways from iPres 2022

Collections Care in the Archives – preserving the then for the now and for the future

Archives are often portrayed as being held in ‘dusty’ conditions, such as dark, dingy basements - but this is actually something that are deliberately avoided! Archive services are very conscious of the conditions required to ensure the long-term preservation of collections, and aspire to have state of the art facilities with latest technology. 'The Archives … Continue reading Collections Care in the Archives – preserving the then for the now and for the future

‘Take me as you find me … I am not ashamed of being myself’

This month for LGBT+ History Month, we are pleased to launch the newly catalogued Amy Dillwyn Collection (ref. DC6). Amy Dillwyn (1845-1935) was a pioneering female industrialist, novelist, social justice campaigner, and, according to Professor Kirsti Bohata, ‘a queer writer of international significance’’.   Photograph of Amy Dillwyn and dog from the papers of David Painting, … Continue reading ‘Take me as you find me … I am not ashamed of being myself’

Landscape, environment and archives – History Day 2021

This year's theme is environmental history so, along with other archives, museums and libraries participating in this year's History Day on 4 November, we're discovering how our collections can be used to research the impact of industry on nature, landscape, climate change and much more. The Lower Swansea Valley Project In the 1960s an innovative … Continue reading Landscape, environment and archives – History Day 2021

Back to School: Archives & Adult Learning

Archives Assistant Stephanie Basford-Morris reflects on her experience of going ‘back to school’ as an adult with a distance learning MA Archives Administration course, and highlights material giving an insight into adult learning over the decades in the Richard Burton Archive collections. Do you remember the particular joy of buying new stationary for back to school?  This childhood … Continue reading Back to School: Archives & Adult Learning

Premieres and the red carpet in the Richard Burton Collection

The #ExploreYourArchive theme for this month is firsts, so we’re going to look at our namesake, Richard Burton, and some of his premieres a.k.a. first or opening nights!  Some thoughts about first nights, stage and screen, are found in his diaries which form part of the Richard Burton Collection-   ‘We went to London for the opening … Continue reading Premieres and the red carpet in the Richard Burton Collection