General, Projects

New Home for Special Collections and Archives

The Special Collections and Archives service has moved from Francis Close Hall to Delta Place, where all of our collections are now located.

Over the summer we’ve transformed an open-plan office into a repository for the University Archive and several special collections. We also have two new collections; the ITN News Archive and an Artists’ Books Collection.

Before
Before – A blank canvas

 

Nine lorry-loads of shelving and boxes were gradually delivered and the space began to take shape.

During
During – Controlled chaos!

 

Delta Place is now home to thirteen diverse and engaging collections that encompass literary giants such as the Dymock Poets; vast resources on local and national history in the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society Library; archives of artists and sculptors in our Whittington Press and Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail collections; documentary photographs charting national and international news during the later twentieth century in the ITN News Archive; and of course the rich history of the University of Gloucestershire covering the past 170 years.

After
After – Ready to welcome back our researchers

 

The service is open to staff, students and members of the public. Archivist Louise Hughes is on hand to help with your research, whatever topic big or small. Academic staff are also encouraged to contact the Special Collections and Archives for module-specific archive sessions using our wealth of material.

Our online archive catalogue continues to grow as our collections are catalogued and made available to search online. All collections are also accessible in-person by making an appointment.

Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10am – 6pm:

Special Collections and Archives

University of Gloucestershire

Delta Place

27 Bath Road

Cheltenham

Gloucestershire

GL53 7TH

archives@glos.ac.uk

01242 714851

Delta Place location map

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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.