Exhibition: The Russian Revolution - Lenin’s on Sale Again


With help from the National Library of Wales, the University of Wales Trinity St David’s Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts will be organising a programme of events at UWTSD’s Lampeter campus to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution in October, under the general title Lenin’s on Sale Again.

Russian propaganda poster

From the start of the new term in September until the end of October, UWTSD Lampeter Library will stage two exhibitions. One will showcase the revolutionary poster art of Dmitry Moor and the other, with valuable assistance from the Cymru1914 project – itself a collaboration between NLW, Welsh university libraries and local government record offices in Wales – will feature full-size Cambria Daily Leader front pages from 1917, showing how the unfolding events in Russia were reported in Wales at the time. The exhibition is designed to show how news from Russia sat alongside war reporting and contemporary local events. Both exhibitions will be open to the public from 22 September – 28 October 2017.

A week of special events will be introduced on 23 October by Gregor Benton, Emeritus Professor from the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University, speaking on Bolshevism and Maoism in the Age of Revolution: Interaction, Correspondence and Divergence.

On 25 October, regular lectures will give way to a series of talks and presentations by Lampeter campus staff on a range of topics related to the Russian Revolution and its legacy, and other cultural events, including a showing of Sergei Eisenstein’s October are planned.

Two further exhibitions in the main library accompany Lenin’s on Sale Again, both of which include materials from the University Special Collections. The first tells the story of Parcell Rees Bowen, a student of the College in Lampeter and decorated WWI hero, who fought against the Bolsheviks in Northern Russia. The second presents a selection of books from the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives (RBLA) WWI Collection, which illustrate how the events of October 1917 were reported in contemporary accounts.

Further Information

For more information, contact Andy Bevan: andy.bevan@uwtsd.ac.uk or Dr Alex Scott: alexander.scott@uwtsd.ac.uk