From “Refugees” to “Enemy Aliens”: Germans and Austrians in Aberystwyth during the Second World War

Morris Brodie, Digital Intern at Aberystwyth University In the Ceredigion Archives in Aberystwyth, there is a book compiled by the Cardiganshire Police in 1939 containing photographs of Jewish refugees who fled from Nazi tyranny before the Second World War. These are not records of Welsh hospitality, however. They are arrest records, taken as a result Read More

Researching the trails of “refugee industrialists”

Tiffany Beebe, PhD Candidate at University of Colorado Boulder As a PhD researcher working on the “refugee industrialists” who settled in Britain during the Second World War, I’ve spent countless hours in dozens of archives reading dusty old business files and government reports. Don’t get me wrong, I love my work but sometimes it’s a little Read More

Aberystwyth Castle Park Co-Curation Event, 22 August 2021

Morris Brodie, Digital Intern at Aberystwyth University On 22 August 2021, we held our second live co-curation event with local refugees. In addition to some refugees and volunteers from AberAid, who we met at our earlier event at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre in July, we were joined by volunteers from Croeso Teifi and a refugee Read More

Account of Co-Curation Event, 14 July 2021

Morris Brodie, Digital Intern at Aberystwyth University Earlier this week, as part of the Second World War and Holocaust Partnership Programme (SWWHPP), we held our first co-curation event with local refugees and volunteers. For our project, ‘Refugees from National Socialism in Wales: Learning from the Past for the Future’, we are co-creating a film and Read More

I’m a Celebrity’s new castle home has a history too dark and complex to become entertainment

Andrea Hammel, Reader in German at Aberystwyth University Over the coming months, the I’m a Celebrity team is rumoured to not only want to use Gwrych Castle as a backdrop for their show, but also to incorporate the Castle’s history in their popular television programme. While the Castle must have seen a lot of fun and Read More