For a second year history module, a group of twelve students were given access to our University’s Students’ Union archives.
For many of us it was the first time we had been in an archive of any kind and we all found the sources we studied to be extremely interesting. Many of us stated how refreshing it was to use original primary sources for our research rather than the many overused primary sources we are given throughout the course of our degree.
A group of four of us have been enlisted to spread the word of our fantastic Students’ Union on the internet so everyone can read about the history of Swansea University through the students’ eyes.
The sources we studied came in many forms, from Students’ Union Minutes books, to the endless student newspapers from 1920-present day. We were able to sketch a view of what university life has been like through the ages.
For each decade, we have selected five interesting historical events/facts about the Students’ Union and placed them in separate blogs which you can see on our blog page. We also chose a few illustrative images to go alongside and support each story; hopefully by doing this you can gauge the differing attitudes in Swansea University throughout the decade.
With a final thanks to our module lecturer Dr Louise Miskell, without her this module would not have been possible.