Displays and Events, University History

Heritage Open Days 2017

We’re excited to announce that this year the University of Gloucestershire will again take part in Heritage Open Days, a national initiative that sees places of historic interest open their doors to the public for free.

On Sunday 10th September 2017 we’ll be hosting tours of Francis Close Hall (from The Chapel) at 10am and 11am, and Park Campus (from Elwes Reception) at 1pm and 2pm.

Francis Close Hall opened in 1850 to accommodate the male students of Cheltenham Training College. Designed by Samuel Daukes, it is one of Cheltenham’s best examples of a Victorian-Gothic building. The tour will take in the grounds and buildings, recounting the history of both and the students who have studied here.

The Park Campus was originally planned as a zoological garden by Thomas Billings. Despite opening on Queen Victoria’s coronation day, 28 June 1838, the enterprise failed and Billings sold the site to Samuel Daukes, who operated it as a pleasure garden and built the villas that still border the campus today. The tour of the grounds will uncover the history of the site and how we came to own it.

Tickets for both tours are free and can be booked via Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre, based at The Wilson Art Gallery, in person or be calling 01242 237431.

More information on other Heritage Open Day events in Cheltenham and beyond can be found on the national website https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/.

Projects

Special Collections re-open

The Special Collections have re-opened in their new home – TC002B, Francis Close Hall. Here you can access the following collections:

  • Dymock Poets Special Collection
  • Whittington Press Collection
  • U A Fanthorpe Archive
  • Cyder Press Collection
  • Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail Archive
  • David Elyan Collection
  • Michael Henry Archive
  • Local Heritage Initiative Archive
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Special Collections in their new home

 

The Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Library and University Archive are currently in storage before moving to Delta Place in Cheltenham in the autumn, remaining closed to visitors until then. Over the last two weeks staff at FCH have been busy wrapping and packaging 1,110 boxes of books and archives! We look forward to unboxing these collections in their new home.

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Before – Boxing up

 

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After – Boxes safely moved to storage
Opening Hours, Projects

We’re on the move

The Special Collections and Archives service will be moving from its current location in QU024, Francis Close Hall. The last ‘open’ day based here will be Friday 7th April 2017, after which we’ll be closed to all enquiries while we get our collections ready for the move.

From Tuesday 2nd May 2017, the Special Collections will re-open, based in TC002B, Francis Close Hall. This includes the:

  • Dymock Poets Special Collection
  • Whittington Press Collection
  • U A Fanthorpe Archive
  • Cyder Press Collection
  • Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail Archive
  • David Elyan Collection
  • Michael Henry Archive
  • Local Heritage Initiative Archive

Our University Archive and the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Library will remain closed to all enquiries, provisionally re-opening on Monday 2nd October 2017 at Delta Place, 27 Bath Road, Cheltenham.

If you have any queries about the move, please contact Louise Hughes on 01242 714851 or email archives@glos.ac.uk.

Catalogue

Exciting collaboration with AtoM users

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The University of Gloucestershire Special Collections and Archives are currently involved in a project with other AtoM catalogue software users to make our descriptions available on the Archives Hub. Archives Hub brings together catalogues from hundreds of higher education and specialist archives in the UK, making all their descriptions searchable in one place. Having a presence on Archives Hub will increase the audiences for our collections both in the UK and via Archives Portal Europe.

Jen Mitcham of the Borthwick Institute at the University of York is co-ordinating the project, working with Artefactual, the developers of our online AtoM catalogue. AtoM (Access to Memory) is open source archive cataloguing software, meaning it is free to download and set up. We’ve been working hard to make our collections available online since setting up AtoM in summer 2015. So far three of our collections are catalogued and searchable, encompassing almost 5,000 descriptions.

Jen has written a blog explaining more about the project here.

Our project partners are:

 

I look forward to sharing an update when our descriptions are live on the Archives Hub.

Dymock Poets, Students, U A Fanthorpe

Creative Writing students in the archives

Today I had a visit from 2nd year Creative Writing students and their tutor Lania. We looked at material from our Dymock Poets Special Collection and U A Fanthorpe Archive, even listening to an audio recording of Robert Frost reading his own poetry. It was lovely to listen in on how the students used the material to inspire their creative processes.

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