Remembering the Fallen


06.07.2018

As we celebrate graduation on our Lampeter campus, the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives also welcome you to a very special exhibition. Sarah Jones, Head of Academic Services, and Sarah Roberts, Special Collections Archivist, tell us more. 

Graduate photo

For the past four years the Special Collections at UWTSD Lampeter has been curating a series of exhibitions to illustrate the effect of the First World War upon life at St David’s College and to commemorate the thirty-three members who served and lost their lives a century ago.

These commemorative activities would not have been possible were it not for the rich range of materials held in the Archive here at Lampeter. We have been able to learn much about the academic lives of our former students through the official College records such as Tutor’s Registers, Examination Books and the Minutes of Committee Meetings. Less formal records, including the Student Magazines and our collection of photographs, have helped to bring into focus the personal attributes of those young men who swapped their cloistered college lives for the uncertain horrors of a war waged far from home.

Montage

Our research has been supplemented by the resources of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Imperial War Museums, and by the wide range of digitised primary sources, both military and civil, now available online through sites such as ‘Ancestry.com’ and ‘Welsh Newspapers Online’.

Much of our work in this area has been carried out within classes designed to enable our students to engage with primary and secondary resources - often for the first time in their academic career – an opportunity which is greatly valued by the students. The value of these classes goes far beyond the purely academic; one participant, former Student Union President Flora McNerney, spoke for many when she reflected that the process had ‘driven home the reality of the human sacrifice [and] left its mark on us all’.

Further Information

For further information, please email: press@uwtsd.ac.uk