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MRC 50th Anniversary

The Modern Records Centre celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. 50 years that we’ve been preserving the University’s heritage, curating unique historical collections, and inspiring researchers.

Throughout our 50th anniversary we’ll be hosting a diverse mix of events, including an exciting one-day symposium and brand-new collaborative exhibition. Join us to celebrate some of the Modern Records Centre remarkable achievements to date and to see what we have planned for a remarkable future too.

If you would like to take part in the celebrations, please  

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Joint anniversary symposium

We will be co-hosting an online symposium in collaboration with the Marx Memorial Library and South Wales Miners' Library on 6th July 2023. The talk will celebrate the collections held by all three organisations and the contributions made to the history of labour in the UK.

6 July 2023


Register your interest

If you are interested in taking part in our 50th anniversary celebrations then please register your interest using our online formLink opens in a new window.


History of the MRC in 50 items

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MRC we will be curating a unique exhibition showcasing the MRC's internationally renowned collections. We are asking for contributions to the exhibition from anyone with an interest in the MRC. Which is your favourite item? Which item has contributed most to your research? Which item is the most unusual? If you would like to contribute an item to the exhibition please register your interest using our online formLink opens in a new window.

Autumn 2023

MRC building

Celebration of the MRC

Join us for a one-day event in celebration of the MRC. With talks from academics and students celebrating the contribution the MRC has made to research at the University as well as public history.

Autumn 2023

Heritage Open Days

This year the MRC will be taking part in the Heritage Open Days offering behind the scenes tours and an opportunity for a hands-on exploration of our collections

8-17 September 2023