Press Releases 2014-2015

Peter Hopkins to Deliver a Public Lecture on The Thomas Phillips Collection of Rare Books and Manuscripts at UWTSD


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) will host a public lecture as part of the Thomas Phillips: Bringing China to Wales Exhibition. Peter Hopkins, Special Collections Adviser at UWTSD will give a Lecture on ‘The Thomas Phillips collection of rare books and manuscripts at UWTSD, Lampeter.’

The lecture will take place at 4.30pm on the 15th of May in the Alex Reading Room, Swansea.

The exhibition brings to light the historic link between China and Wales that goes back nearly two hundred years, when entrepreneur and philanthropist, Thomas Phillips made his first donation of books to UWTSD’s predecessor institution Saint David’s College. The focus of the exhibition is to show the breadth of materials that were available in Wales in the early 19th Century on all aspects of Chinese culture.

Krystyna Krajewska, Executive Director of Confucius Institute said:

“The books selected for the exhibition reflect Phillips' broad interest in Chinese culture -its geography, language, music, architecture and history. The importance of the exhibition for us today, is that it illustrates how Wales has for nearly two centuries forged links with China, which are just as important for education and business today as they were in Phillips' time. The donation of books by Phillips formed the first, earliest library on China in Wales, and today we still have the largest collection of books on China in Wales, (from the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives, the UWTSD library and the library of the Confucius Institute.)”

Among the books in the exhibition is the beautifully illustrated Journal written by Lord Macartney during the first British embassy mission to China in 1793. There is also the 17th Century translation into Latin by Matteo Ricci of important Confucian texts (The Great Teaching, The Doctrine of the Mean and The Analects), together with a biography of the great sage.


Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014