Bringing The Jungle Book to Life

Sonia SayedA generous donation to Cardiff University has enabled a joint project to conserve a rare version of Kipling’s work, The Jungle Book, to be carried out in a collaboration between Cardiff University and Glamorgan Archives.

Very few copies of the 1903 edition of The Jungle Book are held in UK libraries, but one copy survives in the Cardiff Rare Books Collection, part of the University Library Special Collections and Archives. The volume has been undergone conservation treatment to stabilise its condition and to help ensure its survival for future generations to enjoy.

The conservation work has been made possible by a generous donation from a former Cardiff library cataloguer, Sonia Sayed, who personally selected the item from the Cardiff Rare Books for conservation.

“My time working in the Cardiff University Library in the 1950’s was genuinely one of the happiest times of my life. It’s a real pleasure to be able to give something back to Cardiff, and especially to contribute towards such world-class research resources as those housed within the Special Collections and Archives,” said the retired librarian.

Janet Peters, Director of Cardiff University Libraries said “Without the help and generosity of such donations, specialist conservation work such as this would take the University many years to complete.”

 Sonia has also generously left a gift in her will towards scholarships in Cardiff University, and adds:

“As a third generation Cardiffian, my connection with Cardiff University began in 1953 when I joined the staff as a Library Assistant, and went on to follow a fulfilling and rewarding career in librarianship. My late husband and I felt that to show appreciation of the education we received, it was important to give something back, and we have always taken an interest in Cardiff University. I was thrilled at its progression to University status and now it has a great international reputation, attracts important research projects, high calibre staff, and bright, industrious students.

“It is my concern for potential students who may be unable, financially, to benefit from this educational experience which has governed my decision to make a residuary bequest in my will to assist Cardiff University in support of Student Scholarships and Bursaries. It is a pleasure to know that my legacy will assist the continued development of the education and facilities which the University provides.”


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