How do numbers feature in, what is on the whole, an Archive full of words?

The Richard Burton Archives do have figures lurking behind the scenes: the archives themselves, such as reports, ledgers, accounts, balance sheets, wage books and other financial documents,numerical records that we create, such as the number of people who visit us, how researchers contact us and how many documents are produced. Extract from Swansea Improvements and Tramways Company … Continue reading How do numbers feature in, what is on the whole, an Archive full of words?

Remembering Aberfan

54 years ago, at 9.15am on the morning of October 21, 1966, a spoil tip collapsed onto the Welsh village of Aberfan, engulfing Pantglas Primary School and other buildings. The disaster resulted in the tragic deaths of 116 children and 28 adults. After the landslide stopped, many local residents rushed to the school and began … Continue reading Remembering Aberfan

International Day of University Sport

An annual tradition since 2016, the 20th September is the International Day of University Sport. As we celebrate Swansea University’s centenary year, this blog will take a brief tour of 100 years of sport at the University. From the University’s foundation, sport has played a significant role in student life. In the 1920s, in February … Continue reading International Day of University Sport

Swansea University Archives A-Z: Part 2

Did you know that we're joining in with #ArchiveZ, organised by Archives and Records Association Scotland? Since the week beginning 5 March, we've enjoyed exploring a letter of the alphabet each week, discovering fascinating items in the collections that we hold relating to Swansea University’s history. Last week was 'Q', so have a go at our Centenary … Continue reading Swansea University Archives A-Z: Part 2

Escaping lockdown with adventures in the past!

During lockdown, I have been having a virtual party! I’ve socialised with the ex-servicemen of World War Two,attended Simon and Garfunkel’s concert with the hip Folk Club in Swansea,travelled the world far and wide,climbed the peaks of the High Tatras in Slovakia, and witnessed near-death experiences climbing on the Kurdistan-Afghanistan border,visited just about every pub … Continue reading Escaping lockdown with adventures in the past!

International Conscientious Objectors’ Day

When faced with the prospect of war, many people rally to their country’s call. Patriotic sentiments often act as motivating factors for volunteers to the armed forces. However, when these attitudes lose their appeal and recruiting figures stall, the state may introduce conscription, forcing able bodied men to enlist. This was evident in Britain during … Continue reading International Conscientious Objectors’ Day