Looking back to get ahead: Volunteering at Manuscripts and Special Collections

This is a guest post by third-year American Studies and History student Bron Bury. Your future As a student, regardless of what stage you are at in your degree, making an conscious effort to look beyond your time in education is key in maximising your future opportunities . You may have a vague idea of …

Cholera and Compassion in the Crimea

In the second of our posts marking the 160th anniversary of the Crimean War, we look at how although it achieved nothing in a geopolitical sense, the actions of one woman have undoubtedly touched the lives of millions of people. Very few people could name many of the battles the British Army fought in the …

The Crimean War on Camera

This month sees the 160th anniversary of the start of the Crimean War (October 1853 – February 1856), between the Russian Empire and an alliance of French, British, Sardinian and Ottoman forces. As the Ottoman Empire declined, various European nations attempted to assert their influence over its territories. Fighting took place mostly in the Crimean peninsula, …

Doctors, Diaries and Descendants

Perusing the diaries written by a doctor serving with the British Army in the Crimea and in India in the 1850s is a fascinating experience for anyone, but there is an added thrill when those diaries were written by your great great grandfather! This was the case for a recent visitor from Wales to Manuscripts …