We support the work of the Museum's curatorial staff, but also provide access to external researchers by appointment. The contents of our Library reflect the diverse nature of Amgueddfa Cymru's collections, covering subjects such as; Archaeology; Fine and Applied Art; Industrial and Social History; The Natural Sciences; and Museum Studies.
Besides the general reference material and the museology collection, the Main Library holds all the pre-1701 books in the Library, together with a number of other special collections such as the Willoughby Gardner collection of early natural history books and Gwendoline Davies's personal collection of special bindings from the Gregynog Press.
SCOLAR was established ten years ago in Cardiff University Library to integrate, develop, and promote the Special Collections and Archives of the University – basically all our historical collections. Over that period we have discovered a major strand of illustrated, artistic, and visual related materials scattered across the collections - these appear in unique manuscript documents, in rare printed books, in historical journals and newspapers, cheap printed ballads, old posters, and even in Victorian children’s literature. We have utilized these visual resources for external grant applications, internal student workshops, publicity materials, and to respond to research enquiries.
See some samples of digitised versions of these types of materials on our DigitalSearch repository, here – http://digitalsearch.cf.ac.uk/home.html