Institutional Archives

Inspirational People: 3. Kathleen Freeman – Classicist and Fiction Writer

Posted on 13 December 2016 by Judith Dray

For the third instalment of our “Inspirational People” series, we are looking at the inspirational life of an early Classicist at the University.   Name:   Kathleen Freeman Profession: Lecturer in Greek Date: Appointed 1919 – Resigned 1946 AKA:                    Mary Fitt (1936–60) Stuart Mary Wick (1948; 1950) Clare St. Donat (1950) Caroline Cory (1956)   Kathleen
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Dr Mina Moore: marriage and motherhood at Cardiff University in the 1940s

Posted on 28 November 2016 by Sian Collins

Over the last year or so we’ve been very proud to share stories about the inspiring women who worked and studied at Cardiff University (formerly University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire). The founders of the College in 1883 were adamant that women should be admitted on equal terms to men and educated alongside them
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Inspirational People: 2. Mary “Eppynt” Phillips – The First Female Graduate of the Medical School at Cardiff

Posted on 22 September 2016 by Judith Dray

For the second instalment of our “Inspirational People” series, we are looking back at the first female graduate of the Medical School in Cardiff. In the years following her studies, Mary “Eppynt” Phillips went on to live an undoubtedly inspirational life, making a remarkable contribution to medicine during and after the First World War. In
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Serendipitous discoveries: a vignette of Percy Bush, early C20th Welsh rugby player

Posted on 26 August 2016 by Sian Collins

In a meeting on Monday morning I mentioned the delight of serendipitous finds in archives; how you can often just pull something off the shelves and discover an intriguing story or fact.  I hadn’t realised it then but, by a strange coincidence, that is exactly what happened to me earlier in the day when I had a few spare
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Inspirational People: 1. Dame Olive Wheeler

Posted on 22 June 2016 by Judith Dray

Photograph of Dame Olive Wheeler, taken by Elliot & Fry, London. Part of Accession 271. Reproduced by permission of National Portrait Gallery under the Creative Commons License In a new series of snippets from the archive, we’ll be sharing snappy fact files about inspiring individuals from the University’s history. For the first in the series,
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Towards a snapshot of a bygone era: some new records from the Students’ Union

Posted on 5 April 2016 by Judith Dray

The Institutional Archive recently took in some records and artefacts from the Students’ Union. These older records help to fill a gap in our understanding of the Union and the variety of items help us towards building up a mental image of student life in the past. They include minute books dating from the 1930s
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Cardiff University in the Blitz: 75 years on (1941 – 2016)

Posted on 25 February 2016 by Sian Collins

Seventy-five years ago, the University like so much of the country became a victim of the bombing raids in the Second World War. The heaviest bombing in Cardiff fell between February and April 1941, with the University hit on the 26th February and 3rd March. On the 26th February, bombs fell on the original Students’
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Cardiff University: a patchwork of predecessors

Posted on 29 January 2016 by Sian Collins

As described recently in the Cardiff University Alumni magazine (Autumn 2015), today’s Cardiff University is the product of a number of other educational institutions coming together over the last century or so.  The development of further and higher education in Cardiff is a complicated one, with institutional name changes and mergers making it hard to follow. 
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Records relating to students held in the Institutional Archive

Posted on 29 January 2016 by Sian Collins

The following is a fairly rough list of records relating to students held in our collections.  There are different types of information in the various series of records and there are significant gaps in coverage.  Looking for a particular student can be frustrating as – apart from UCSWM – there are no centralised indices to
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How archivists can make an unconventional Impact…

Posted on 27 November 2015 by Sian Collins

Last week we thoroughly enjoyed tweeting a number of images for #explorearchives, and seeing all the fabulous documents and ideas from other repositories. Interestingly, our most popular contribution (apart from a random photo of my cat posted for #archiveanimals!) was a short piece on our blog about how University institutional archives can be used by different categories
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