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SCOLAR News Archive 2008

Developments / Events 2008

Spring

SCOLAR began work on eight multimedia digitisation projects involving academic schools from across the University - ENCAP, SHARE, JOMEC, OPTOM, ARCHI COCOM, PHARM and WELSH. Text, video, slides and cinefilm will be digitised and hosted on the Cardiff University web site, enabling worldwide access to Cardiff's special collections and archives.

The bilingual Welsh Ballads web site was launched.

Received a major donation of over 1,000 rare Welsh books from former-History student Ricky Carter

Summer

CALM archive cataloguing software was installed in SCOLAR, allowing us to begin the process of transferring paper listings of collections to a searchable electronic database, accessible worldwide.

Material Culture exhibition

Material Culture exhibition

 

SCOLAR hosted a workshop on behalf of the Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Series on Material Culture. Talks were given by Alison Harvey (SCOLAR), Dr Anthony Mandal (ENCAP), Dr Andrew Williams (JOMEC), and Dr Rachel Hewitt (University of Glamorgan). A 'hands-on' exhibition was organised for the participants to provoke debate around the subject of material culture.

 

Peter Keelan and Alison Harvey represented Cardiff University at International Archives Day, held at the Senedd, Cardiff Bay.

A significant 20th Century Human and Medical Genetics historical book collection was moved to SCOLAR. Cataloguing of the 2,000 items is almost complete.

SCOLAR was awarded a £10,000 grant by the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust/CyMAL to perform conservation work on the Edward Thomas archive. The archive contains hundreds of letters written by the poet during the First World War, many written from the trenches in fading pencil on poor-quality wartime paper. This grant will allow these letters, along with other fragile items such as newspaper cuttings of Thomas' reviews, to be carefully conserved for the use of future generations.

Autumn

The Hugh Cudlipp archive was moved from Bute Library to a BS5454 storage facility in SCOLAR

SCOLAR will take part in a to digitise Welsh ballads and provide access via an online, searchable catalogue.