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523. Owen Pritchard, an Elusive Vale Press Collector

(This is a blog written by Paul van Capelleveen (Curator, KB, National library of the Netherlands) that originally appeared in his weekly blog, Charles Ricketts & Charles Shannon. It is reposted here with grateful acknowledgement to the author.)

Publication date: 11 August 2021

A Treatyse of Fysshynge with an Angle

A Treatyse of Fysshynge with an Angle. A Treatyse of Fysshynge with an Angle One of 150 copies, on vellum, published by ASHENDENE PRESS 1903 By Dame Juliana Berners

Publication date: 20 October 2020

Annual lecture

A fascinating second Annual lecture for the Stephen Colclough Centre took place on 1st of May 2019. The Centres’ directors wish to thank this year’s guest speaker Dr Samantha Rayner for giving such an interesting and entertaining talk to a full audience at the Hen Goleg, College Road. The title of Sam’s paper was “The Romance of Bookselling: the Value of Bookshops, Past and Present”.

Publication date: 11 June 2019

Bearing a message from Lancaster.

To quote Pennant: “I now return to the subjects that occasioned this digression; and to give some account…” --- of what has been happening on the project. I’ve been digitizing the pictures from the first volume of Pennant’s Tours in Wales, after finishing cataloguing the existing images.

Publication date: 7 August 2017

Capten Thomas Brown (1785-1862) A System of General Ornithology 1827

Capten Thomas Brown (1785-1862) A System of General Ornithology 1827 This beautiful book is an edition of what is possibly one of the rarest ornithological publications ever. It contains six hand colored lithographed plates depicting little known birds which include Merops (bee-eaters), Picus (woodpeckers), Trochilus (hummingbirds), Alcedo (kingfishers), Strix nyctea (the snow owl), and Mycteria australis (Australian black-necked stork). Clad in later added hardback binding is the original printed wrappers. The author of the book was Captain Thomas Brown.

Publication date: 9 November 2020

Ceridwen Peris

A recent generous donation to the Stephen Colclough centre were books belonging to one of the great local pioneering women of her time, Ceridwen Peris. Borne in December 1852 in the village of Trefor, Gwynedd, near Llanberis, Alice Gray Jones became a Welsh writer and editor, known by the pseudonym "Ceridwen Peris". She was an active temperance campaigner, and a co-founder of the North Wales Women's Temperance Union.

Publication date: 11 December 2019

Commemorating 70 Years since the Bethesda Bomber Tragedy

On the evening of 14 March 1950 an Avro Lincoln heavy bomber took off on a routine night navigation training flight from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire. Several hours later, instead of returning to Scampton as planned the huge plane crashed into the Carneddau mountains above Bethesda over 200 miles away. None of the crew survived.

Publication date: 2 March 2020

Eleri Cwyfan and Cerddi Bangor

Publication date: 30 May 2018

From Venice to Bala: The Journey of a Hebrew Bible

Some items that we discover in Bangor’s collections are steeped in mystery and just waiting for an interested individual to come along and investigate. One such item is Daniel Bomberg’s Hebrew Bible dated 1521 .

Publication date: 17 October 2017

Interview with Shan Robinson, Special Collections Co-ordinator

Publication date: 13 July 2017

Pat Kelly and the Pinnacle Club

Highways and Byways in North Wales by A. G. Bradley (published 1898), is one of the antiquarian books gifted to the University by the Pinnacle Club. This gift compliments two other collections: the Climbing Club Collection and the archive of Dr Anthony Stewart Gervais Jones which have also been donated to the University. However, what makes this edition of Highways and Byways in North Wales of particular interest is the handwritten inscription on the front page: To The Pinnacle Club, For Pat (HMK), 1936 This inscription relates to Emily Kelly, or Pat as she was known to everyone, the founder of the Pinnacle Club and has been written by her husband: Harry Mills Kelly (HMK).

Publication date: 1 March 2018

Pennant Tours Internship: Daisy Wrightson

Daisy Wrightson is a BA Music Undergraduate at Bangor University who has just started on a 4 week internship with the Library and Archives Service. She will be working on a pilot digitisation project centred on the extra-illustrated volumes of “A Tour in Wales” by Thomas Pennant. These rare volumes record the journey made by Pennant through Wales between 1773 and 1776.

Publication date: 13 July 2017

Robbers in London

An enquiry into the causes of the late increase of robbers, & c. An enquiry into the causes of the late increase of robbers, & c., with some proposals for remedying this growing evil. In which the present reigning vices are impartially exposed; and the laws that relate to the provision for the poor, and to the punishment of felons are largely and freely examined. Henry Fielding 1707-1754. London, Printed for A. Millar Archives General Rare Book HV6665.G7 F58

Publication date: 29 June 2020

Shan's Diary

Llyfrau Prin Cyffredinol Mawr / General Rare Book Large PN981 .L4 1694 During the Covid-19 lock down 2020 I decided that it would be the perfect time to undertake a course of study. What better way to spend the lockdown than acquiring new knowledge and skills? I was lucky to be sent a link to a free course run by Trinity College Dublin, the home of one of the best book collections in Ireland. The free online courses that caught my eye was “THE HISTORY OF THE BOOK IN THE EARLY MODERN PERIOD: 1450 TO 1800.” What a wonderful way to occupy myself during this enforced isolation studying and reaffirming information while immersing myself in the fabulous collections held at the prestigious college. As I worked through the four-week course I kept a diary which I would like to share.

Publication date: 8 March 2021

Student Intern begins cataloguing project

Publication date: 30 May 2017

The Christmas Day Murder 1909: Remembering Gwen Ellen Jones

Gwen Ellen Jones This photograph appeared in Yr Herald Cymraeg on 22 February 1910. With thanks to the Daily Post and Gwynedd Archives Service. Also to Barry Hillier and Rhodri Clarke for drawing my attention to it. On Christmas Day 1909 local woman Gwen Ellen Jones was brutally murdered in Holyhead. Understandably, most of the press coverage concentrated on her murderer, but sources now available today can tell us more about Gwen. As part of this, a HistoryPoints QR code has been placed near the area where Gwen lived in Bethesda to commemorate her life. This timely account from Associate Member, Dr Hazel Pierce, remembers an event that happened 110 years ago. It takes a new look at this shocking murder by focussing on Gwen, her life and the events that led to her death on Christmas Day 1909.

Publication date: 15 December 2019

The Mediaeval Courts of Love - blog article by Shan Robinson

Vyvyan Holland was born in London 1886 under the name Vyvyan Oscar Beresford Wilde. He was the son of the notorious author and playwright Oscar Wild, imprisoned and convicted of the charge of "gross indecency" due to his homosexuality in 1895. After a very public court case, Vyvyan’s mother, in an attempt to protect her boys, moved them abroad and changed their names.

Publication date: 15 January 2018

Treasure on a desert island: Presenting Bangor University Research Centres at the Llanrwst Eisteddfod 2019

Publication date: 16 September 2019


Triplets is a compilation of three children's stories comprising ‘The Baby's Opera’, ‘The Baby's Bouquet’, and the ‘Baby's Own Æsop’. The book was published by George Routledge & Sons Limited in 1899.  The book features original designs in colour by illustrator, Walter Crane (1845-1915), and is printed by Edmund Evans. This is copy No. 252 of a limited edition of 500.

Publication date: 20 May 2021

Twm Sion Catti

Y Digrifwr, Casgliad o Gampau a Dichellion Thomas Jones, o Dregaron yn Sir Aberteifi. Yr hwn sydd yn cael ei adnabod yn gyffredin writh yr enw Twm Sion Catti – Hefyd Chwedlau Digrif Eraill. 1813

Publication date: 27 March 2019

Week 4 The project is now at an end

The project is now at an end. The books are fully digitized, including the book plates and hand-written notes. 1st Volume from PTIP170144: Copied in by John Ingleby

Publication date: 23 August 2017


Welcome to the Stephen Colclough Centre Blog.

Publication date: 22 May 2017