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?
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
Back in March when we were told that the Archives team, like the rest of the University, would have to work from home due to COVID-19, my immediate panicked thought was, ‘How?’ The work that I do as a part-time archives assistant is mainly invigilating the Reading Room and the Archives wouldn’t be welcoming people … Continue reading Unexpected Company
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
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
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!
The 19th July marks the most significant event in Swansea University’s history - the laying of the foundation stone. I therefore thought it fitting to not only explore the University’s archives and relive that date, but also share how I discovered a family connection to the University’s early years. An invitation to the Laying of … Continue reading Foundations & Family History
We're enjoying joining in with #ArchiveZ, organised by Archives and Records Association Scotland! It might have been set up to showcase Scottish Archives and their fabulous collections in the 26 week lead up to Archives and Records Association conference (now cancelled), but we thought we'd take the opportunity to share some of our archives too. … Continue reading Swansea University Archives A-Z
Did you know that, since 1974, World Environment Day has been celebrated on 5 June? This year the theme is biodiversity and you can test your knowledge in the online United Nations quiz. The Archives holds collections that may be of interest to people researching biodiversity in the Swansea area. One collection of particular interest … Continue reading Lower Swansea Valley Project
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