“In 2010 a collection of over 14,000 rare and antiquarian books, including 175 incunabula (the earliest printed books from around 1500), around 500 rare Bibles, a comprehensive range of Restoration and Quarto drama volumes and a rare set of early Shakespeare works, was transferred to Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives unit.
On this special tour visitors can:
• See one of Wales’s oldest rare books collections.
• Discover the historical research collections held by the University library.
• Use Wales’ only 3D digital rare books page turner, on a 40-inch touchscreen.
• Hear about the latest SCOLAR projects on conservation, digitisation, and rare books online catalogues.”
Other opportunities from the event include:
• Main Building**, Glamorgan Building and Civic Centre tours run by Jim Cowan, Cardiff History and Hauntings.
• A one day Pop-Up Museum exploring the history and research of the University through rare and fascinating exhibits, objects and images.
• Tour CUBRIC (Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre), and take a look at their state-of-the-art brain scanning technologies.
• A chance to pick up information about our events, courses and opportunities.
** Note that for the Main Building – officially opened in 1909 and Grade II listed – the event offers a rare chance to look inside, explore its history and find out more about the work of the University.