Get ready to uncover a treasure trove of knowledge and history at the Free Ceredigion Cadw Open Doors Event hosted at the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives, Lampeter Library, UWTSD. Nestled in the heart of Ceredigion, this event offers a unique opportunity to explore a nationally significant collection of over 35,000 historic volumes, including rare medieval manuscripts and invaluable incunables.
Steeped in history, St David’s College Lampeter holds the distinction of being Wales’ inaugural institution of higher education, and only the third in all of England and Wales. Many of the remarkable items housed within the rare book collection have been preserved here since the second quarter of the 19th century.
During the Cadw Open Doors Event, visitors will have the privilege of viewing a curated selection of the most captivating and historically significant items from this extensive collection. Among the treasures on display, you can expect to encounter the 1279 manuscript of the Latin Bible, which once belonged to Bishop Thomas Burgess. Additionally, explore two 15th-century books of hours, a copy of Abraham Ortelius’ atlas featuring the first printed map of Wales, and Conrad Gessner’s 16th-century natural history encyclopaedia, “Historia animalium.”
History enthusiasts and book lovers will also relish the opportunity to peruse a selection of 15th to 18th-century botanical books, as well as a diverse range of travel books associated with 18th-century explorers, including the legendary Captain Cook. Furthermore, delve into the world of architecture with volumes connected to the Grand Tour of Europe.
While the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives is a Special Collections facility, the Lampeter Library, which houses this treasure trove, will be open as part of the university’s normal provision.
Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to immerse yourself in the history and knowledge preserved within the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a bibliophile, or simply curious about the past, this Free Cadw Open Doors Event in Ceredigion promises an enriching and educational experience for all.
Add this Ceredigion Cadw Open Doors event to your calendar now and join us for a captivating exploration of the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives. Click on the “Add to Calendar” button at the top of the page to ensure you don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity.