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

Daily Life Records in the Archives

Lifelogging and bloggers who record their daily events are not just a twenty-first century phenomena. Archives Assistant Sarah Thompson explores examples from our Archive collections to look at ways in which people have been recording their daily life throughout the centuries. One of the earliest examples of daily life in the local area was discovered … Continue reading Daily Life Records in the Archives

The land of song- music in the South Wales Coalfield

Music played an important part of cultural and community life in the South Wales Coalfield. Brass bands, choirs, jazz bands and operatic societies were formed to raise money and spirits. Talents were showcased at local or National Eisteddfodau and miners' galas. Choirs and Operatic Societies The Ystalyfera and District Choral Society at the Royal Jubilee … Continue reading The land of song- music in the South Wales Coalfield

Disputes & Dancing – Mumbles Railway & Pier

Since 2018, the historic Mumbles Pier has been undergoing a £3.2 million refurbishment including an upgraded pavilion, boardwalk extending out into the water, and plans to convert the former lifeboat house into a restaurant and visitor centre. Archives in the South Wales Transport Collection show that it’s not the first time the Victorian Pier has … Continue reading Disputes & Dancing – Mumbles Railway & Pier

Diaries and Daily Life

Guest post by Aleksandra Ferek, a first-year student at Swansea University, studying English Literature with Creative Writing. She joined us on a Swansea Employability Academy placement, and was tasked with looking through the private journals of Welsh industrialist and Liberal politician Lewis Llewelyn Dillwyn (1814-1892). When I was younger, I used to write diaries. I needed … Continue reading Diaries and Daily Life

Back in Time For Business

For this month's #ExploreYourArchive theme, 'Business & Manufacturing', we're looking at advertisements in the student newspaper collection, and take a journey back in time to explore local businesses in Swansea. Advertisement for R.E. Jones Ltd catering company, DAWN student newspaper, 1927/28 In the earliest student newspapers from the 1920s there are adverts for R.E. Jones … Continue reading Back in Time For Business

World War One in the archives of Old Castle Tinplate Company

...the future is rather uncertain.Directors of Old Castle Tinplate Company, 1915 The Old Castle Iron and Tinplate Company Limited (later to be known as the Old Castle Tinplate Company) was formed in 1866. The company records (Ref. LAC/87) tell the story of the business, one of a number of tinplate works in the Llanelli area, … Continue reading World War One in the archives of Old Castle Tinplate Company