All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History visit Swansea University to celebrate 40 years of the South Wales Miners' Library

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Lord Hennessy (1) - 9 MayThe All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History visited Swansea University on 9 May to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the South Wales Miners’ Library and to visit the University’s Richard Burton Archives, before hearing Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield – Peter Hennessy -  deliver a public lecture entitled: Secrecy, Openness and Writing the History of One’s Own Times.  

The South Wales Miners’ Library was established by the University College of Swansea in 1973, to house material collected by the South Wales Coalfield History Project, including photos, posters, banners, oral history tapes and many books rescued from miners' institute libraries.

Dr Hywel Francis, Chair of the All Party Group and previously Professor of Continuing Education at Swansea University, founded the Library. As a young journalist, Lord Hennessy wrote an article for the Times Higher Education Supplement about the major research project which established the Library in 1973.  

At the Library, the Group was welcomed by Librarian Siân Williams and shown items from the extensive collection, including books, photographs, banners and recorded sound.  

Lord Hennessy (2) - 9 MayThe Richard Burton Archives is the archive repository of the University which holds material of local, regional and national significance. It holds archival material collected by the South Wales Coalfield History Projects. It recently achieved Accreditation Status, the first higher education institution to in the UK to do so. Archivist Elisabeth Bennett showed material from Richard Burton’s papers, from the history of the University itself and about the area’s industrial history.