Institutional Archives


Explore Your Archive: Feedback on the Value of Archives

Posted on 16 November 2015 by Judith Dray

We’re incredibly grateful to members of the Students’ Union for providing some lovely feedback on Cardiff University’s Institutional Archives for Explore Your Archive. Their feedback illustrates the range of values which archives can have for business, for individuals and for society. They can help to improve current business, can be intellectually stimulating, and can evoke
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Cardiff Medical Students’ Contribution to D-Day

Posted on 23 September 2015 by Judith Dray

We recently came across some interesting records in the Archive which can tell us something about Cardiff students’ contribution to the Normandy Landings. On February 22nd 1944, the Ministry of Health sent a letter to “All Deans of Medical Faculties and Schools in England and Wales,” a copy of which has been preserved in the
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A story from the archive: A Royal Visit and the Suffragette

Posted on 19 August 2015 by Judith Dray

In Cardiff University’s Institutional Archive there is a volume described as, ‘Royal visit, 1912 (also earlier royal visits, openings of various college buildings and degree ceremonies 1912 – 1918)’ [Ref.: UCC/CV/3]. Among other fascinating snippets, this volume contains several newspaper cuttings of the King and Queen’s visit to Cardiff in June 1912. During this visit,
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Officer Training Corps at Cardiff University

Posted on 18 June 2015 by Judith Dray

In the 1910s, the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire (a predecessor body of Cardiff University) attempted to set up an Officer Training Corps. This would allow students to train as military leaders during their studies at Cardiff with the aim of applying for Commissions afterwards. Without the training, students aiming for a military career
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Access and learning for all (part 2)

Posted on 8 June 2015 by Judith Dray

“Female students shall be admitted to attend any of the courses of instruction…” By Siân Collins Following on from our blog post last week about equal opportunities for all social classes at the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire (later Cardiff University), this time we look at how female students were welcomed and encouraged
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Death of John Viriamu Jones, Cardiff’s First Principal

Posted on 1 June 2015 by Judith Dray

Today (1st June 2015) marks the 114th anniversary of the death of John Viriamu Jones, the first Principal (equivalent of the Vice-Chancellor) of the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire (later Cardiff University). Although a prominent physicist who worked extensively on the ohm, Viriamu Jones’ enduring work is his contribution to education. The order of proceedings for
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Photograph of the old college on Newport Road

Access and learning for all: University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire in the 1880s (Part 1)

Posted on 28 May 2015 by Judith Dray

Old college building on Newport Road “Nerth gwlad ei gwybodaeth – A nation’s strength is in its learning” In 1882 the first draft of proposals for the planned University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire set out that the College should provide the following forms of education:- students taking a degree at any of the
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