Bill Hines has put together some more great collections for people to view here at the University during November.
On Level D at the Hugh Owen Library
A selection of material from our archives and “The Dragon” magazine. The First World War is quite well represented in the pages of “The Dragon” – although it is quite noticeable how the initial jaunty tone of material is replaced by a more sombre note as the death toll rises. Over 150 members of the University and former students were eventually killed in action. The images on display show a few of those involved in the conflict but also include letters from the front, from prisoners of war and those interned at Ruhleben Camp. Other material provides some insight into activity on the “home front”. A fuller list of local archival holdings relating to the conflict is available at https://archives.aber.ac.uk/index.php/
Robert Stevenson, Thomas Colby and the Bell Rock
On Level F at the Hugh Owen Library
The Bell Rock lighthouse was completed in 1811. In 1824 Robert Stevenson completed a lavishly illustrated volume on the work and presented a copy to Thomas Colby, Superintendent of the Ordnance Survey. Along with the book he enclosed a four page letter giving information on his recent visit to France to view Fresnel lamps, which had been used in mapping work by the Ordnance Survey. Part of Major General Colby’s library came to the University in 1912 through the generosity of his descendant, W.H Colby, who was a member of the College Council at the time. Over the coming months we hope to display more treasures from this collection. Further information on Stevenson is available in Bella Bathurst’s book on the Lighthouse Stevensons, and on Colby in Rachel Hewitt’s Map of a Nation.
At Thomas Parry Library
A display of early works from the Horton Children’s Collection and other parts of Information Services. Charles Dodgson (1832-1898) was an author, mathematician and photographer. Although his first mathematics book appeared in 1860, and we display a couple of his later works “Curiosa Mathematica” and “Symbolic Logic” here, he is chiefly noted for his children’s books. The original story which formed the basis for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland came to Dodgson’s mind in 1862 – although the published volume followed a few years later. The Horton Collection includes early copies of this work along with Through the Looking Glass. The Library also holds a first edition of the Hunting of the Snark which first appeared in 1876.
(All text was supplied and written by Bill Hines)