Richard Burton Archives: home of Swansea University's Archive Collections

Research as art

The Richard Burton Archives is re-opening from the 3 August 2021

Due to current Welsh Government and Swansea University guidance, our library and archive services are currently available to current Swansea University staff and students only.

Our opening hours will be as follows:
Tuesday 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm
Thursday 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm

A maximum of 2 researchers will be admitted at a time and there will be a requirement to pre-book a search room space and order documents by 3pm on the Thursday the week before your visit. We ask all researchers to contact us at or 01792 295021 prior to your visit to discuss your requirements.

Further information about re-opening can be found here.

We will still be operating an enquiry service.


The Richard Burton Archives is the corporate memory and archive repository of Swansea University and holds material of local, regional and national significance. The Archives selects, preserves and makes accessible to all the records of historical value created or acquired by the University. Through its holdings and the expertise of its staff the Archives actively supports the mission of the University to provide an environment of research excellence, to deliver an outstanding student experience with teaching of the highest quality, and to enrich the community and cultural life of Wales and beyond.

Find out more about the Archives via our blog