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
TC002B
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.

Move 2017 4
Before – Boxing up

 

Move 2017 5
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.

Dymock Poets, Projects

MA students set to work on the Dymock Poets collection

Since the autumn term our MA Creative and Critical Writing students have been working on a project with our Dymock Poets special collection. Ash, Chloe, Matt and Senja are working on a new play based on the poets that’ll be premiered at The Everyman Theatre in June. They’ve been using the material we hold in the Special Collections and Archives to inspire their writing.

Chloe and Ash working on the material

Alongside the creative writing process, the students have also been box-listing previously unsorted material belonging to Myfanwy Thomas, Edward Thomas’s daughter. After receiving a large deposit of material, the first step an archivist will take in the cataloguing process is to box-list the contents, briefly summarising what’s there, before sorting, arranging and describing in more detail.

Matt box-listing

Each student is working through an individual box, and their efforts will help to make previously inaccessible material accessible to researchers.