Institutional Archives

Ever wondered about why some lecture theatres have particular names?

Posted on 6 May 2015 by Sian Collins

We were asked a few months ago about the meaning behind the names of certain buildings and lecture theatres in Cardiff University. Their names are something that many of us take for granted and probably don’t think about too much. However, when we started to look into it we unearthed some interesting stories about people
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Home of Sporting Legends: Jack Matthews

Posted on 23 April 2015 by Judith Dray

Cardiff’s win at the 2015 Welsh Varsity rugby match, held at Liberty Stadium in Swansea, is only the most recent in a long line of Cardiff University’s sporting achievements. They have, both recently and historically, sparked some illustrious sporting careers. The former Welsh Captain, Jack Matthews was a student in the School of Medicine (formerly
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Sir Mortimer Wheeler at Cardiff University

Posted on 26 March 2015 by Judith Dray

Dubbed ‘the most famous British archaeologist of the twentieth century’, Sir Mortimer Wheeler was the first lecturer in the archaeological department at University College Cardiff (now Cardiff University).[1] He held a joint position with the National Museum of Wales as Keeper of the Archaeological Department. He became Director of the National Museum of Wales before
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The UK’s First Female Professor: Millicent MacKenzie

Posted on 17 March 2015 by Judith Dray

Hettie Millicent Hughes was Normal Mistress at the University College of South Wales & Monmouthshire from 1891-1904.  “Normal Mistress” was a term to describe someone who provided instruction to trainee teachers.  We have a copy of her 1898 contract – see image below. Millicent was made an Associate Professor in 1904 and Professor of Education
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Belgian Refugees

Posted on 13 March 2015 by Judith Dray

Belgian Refugees in Cardiff, Weekly Mail, 1914. The BBC News Magazine ran an article in September last year which posed the question of how 250,000 Belgian refugees who came to Britain during the First World War could possibly have left without leaving a trace ( Not quite without a trace – Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot
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