150th Anniversary Book

The front cover of 150th anniversary book entitled Ceiniogau'r Werin: Prifysgol Aberystwyth mewn 150 Objects / Pennies of the People: Aberystwyth University in 150 Objects

The aluminium mural by the University's former Head of art and artist David Tinker (1924–2000) adorns the wall outside the Great Hall and provided the inspiration for the front cover of our 150th anniversary book - Ceiniogau'r Werin: Prifysgol Aberystwyth mewn 150 Objects / Pennies of the People: Aberystwyth University in 150 Objects. 

From the original minute book kept by our Founders to early X-ray equipment, works of art and space exploration instruments, the University has a remarkable collection of objects marking different periods in our history.

You can find out more about these and other treasures in a special book which we’re publishing as part of our 150th anniversary celebrations in 2022-23.

This will be an illustrated volume, with striking full-page images of 150 objects reflecting aspects of the remarkable story of the first University College in Wales opened in 1872 on the seafront at Aberystwyth.

Most of the objects come from the University's own collections - our Archives, our School of Art’s Museum, and academic departments across all Faculties.

Some objects have also come from alumni, and others courtesy of two of our major national institutions - the National Library of Wales and Amgueddfa Cymru–National Museum of Wales.

Each object will be accompanied by a short bilingual text written by a range of people with close links to the University including present and past staff, students and supporters.

Some contributors have chosen to tell their story in the form of a short article, others have penned poetry or a creative response.

Some of the stories may be familiar while others may surprise but all will entertain and inform. Together, they highlight major milestones in the history of the University as well as the stories of some of the people who have worked or studied here since October 1872.

Twenty-five students arrived at the beginning of that very first term and the name of each and every one has been carefully handwritten in a substantial leather-bound register - another of the objects featured in the book.

We will be launching our hard back anniversary volume on Founders' Day Friday 14 October 2022, exactly 150 years since we opened our doors. The book will then be available to buy for £25 through the University, high street bookshops or online. You can also pre-order a copy through our online shop or email celebrate150@aber.ac.uk for further details.