History of Aberystwyth
2000+


2000

Genome

'Rough Draft' of Human genome map completed

World Population


-6000
0.01
-4000
0.02
-2000
0.03
-1000
0.05
- 500
0.10
1
0.20
1000
0.31
1750
0.79
1800
0.98
1850
1.26
1900
1.65
1950
2.52
1955
2.76
1960
2.98
1965
3.33
1970
3.69
1975
4.07
1980
4.43
1985
4.83
1990
5.26
1995
5.67
2000
6.07
2005
6.45
2010
6.89
in Billions

April: Drama

Parry-Williams building opens on Penglais Campus for the Theatre, Film and Television Department

Parry Williams Building
Drama Department

April: Arts Centre Extension

A £4.3 million redevelopment adds a cinema, gallery, shop, theatre studio and dance studio's to the Arts Centre.

Ceramics Studio
Ceramics Studio

September 29: Protection from the moon

Aberystwyth tidal defence scheme opened

October 20: Replacement Clock 54 years late



Aberystwyth Town Clock
New town clock inaugurated to
replace the one pulled down in 1956

2001

February-September: Countryside Closed

An outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease leads to the destruction 10 million sheep and cattle, the confinement of most of Britain's livestock to their farms.

2002

January 1: New Money

Already used by banks for 3 years the Euro is introduced in 11 central European countries as notes and coins.

February: Snow



Snow on Campus
Campus Under Snow
Thanks to Ian Jones for allowing me to use the image

Theological College Closed

United Theological college, opened in 1906 and built on the site of the old Customs House was closed

September 23: Earthquake

Earthquake felt in Aberystwyth at 1am Magnitude 4.8, epicentre Dudley

October 27: Gale

Cyclone Jeanett brings gale force winds to Aberystwyth just before dawn, knocking down some large trees and showering the streets with roof tiles.
(cf Storms in 1703, 1866, 1887, 1896, 1910, 1927, 1938, 1987 and 2014)

March: Secret Policing

A range of secret policing policies is developed including Kratos

2003

April: Cherry

Being in poor condition after being neglected during last summers road works the, much loved, ornamental cherry trees on Portland St are cut down and replaced with 'European Mountain Ash'

August

Carwyn James Building opens on Penglais Campus for the Sports Science Department

October 1: Bridge

Suspension technology reaches Aberystwyth with the new 'bouncy' suspension foot bridge just a few hundred meters up stream of Trefechan bridge

suspension bridge, Aberystwyth
Bouncy bridge

suspension bridge, Aberystwyth
'Pont-yr-Odyn' (Kiln Bridge)

bridge opening, Aberystwyth
Elinor Thorogood opens Bridge

Winning the competition to name the bridge, 11 year old Elinor Thorogood and officially opened 'Pont-yr-Odyn' (Kiln Bridge).

March 20: Iraq War

The UK is part of the coalition that invades Iraq to remove Iraq's weapons of mass destruction

August 10: Hot

The hottest day ever recorded in the UK with temperatures reaching 38.5 °C

2004

February 26: Snow

Aberystwyth sees its first covering of snow for many years. By lunch time the snow is 6cm deep and concern is increasing about peoples ability to get home. (Aberystwyth's snow fall is usually (but not this time) just a small fraction of what is it at the inland villages that make up the catchment area for school students and workers.) By mid afternoon, the university, post office, schools, banks and most shops are closed. The resulting exodus causes gridlock and cuts Aberystwyth off to traffic for several hours in certain directions.
snow on seafront
Snow on Seafront

Snow in Town
Snow in Town

Sledging on Beach
Children Sledging on Beach

Much to the bemusement of the continental students, the university remains closed the following three days due to the 8cm covering of snow.

July: Mammatus

An out-of-season 'winter storm' hits the south of England and Wales, just clipping Aber'. For following sequence, taken over 25 minutes, shows Mammatus clouds formed by the storm and lit up by the sunset. (It's the 1st time I've seen Mammatus clouds in Aberystwyth)

Mammatus Clouds at Sunset
Mammatus Clouds at Sunset Mammatus Clouds at Sunset
Mammatus Clouds at Sunset
Mammatus Clouds at Sunset
Mammatus Clouds at Sunset
Mammatus at Sunset over Aberystwyth
Aberystwyth War Memorial

December: Livestock Market

Park Avenue livestock market is closed down to make way for new shops.


September 16: Illegal

Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, declares the Iraq War as illegal

December 26: Tsunami

An undersea megathrust earthquake (9.0 on Richter scale) just west of Sumatra triggered a tsunami that devastated coastal communities over a distance of 5000km in the Indian Ocean

2005

World Population


-6000
0.01
-4000
0.02
-2000
0.03
-1000
0.05
- 500
0.10
1
0.20
1000
0.31
1750
0.79
1800
0.98
1850
1.26
1900
1.65
1950
2.52
1955
2.76
1960
2.98
1965
3.33
1970
3.69
1975
4.07
1980
4.43
1985
4.83
1990
5.26
1995
5.67
2000
6.07
2005
6.45
2010
6.89
in Billions

April: 2+

Since the Norman's took over Britain the 'double jeopardy' law has prevented a person being tried repeatedly for the same crime. The Criminal Justice Act 2003 (parts of which came into force in April 2005) removed this obstacle.

2006

May: Shops

Opening of 'Ystwyty Retail Park' on the site of the former livestock market and slaughterhouse.

July 25: InterPol



International Politics Building
New 'International Politics Building'
on Penglais campus opened

July: Hot

Hottest July in the UK since records began

2007

April: Hot

Hottest April in the UK since records began

June 1: Volcano


Pendinas Volcano
Pendinas Volcano ....

Pendinas Scrub Fire
or scrub fire?

October 18: 3D Wedgie


Home to 'See3D Ltd' the new £10.4 million Visualisation Centre is opened
Visualisation Centre
Visualisation Centre

September 1: New University

Aberystwyth won the right to seceded from the University of Wales and become an independent university. (Aberystwyth was one of the founding members of the University of Wales in 1893.) Despite re-branding itself as 'Aberystwyth University' it has chosen not to issue its own degrees and still continues to issue the degrees of the University of Wales.

Summer: Wet

Wettest summer in the UK since records began. The economic cost of the flooding this summer was subsequently estimated to be £3.5bn

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/corporate/pressoffice/2007/pr20070831.html

2008

Townies

A crossover is reached as a majority of the planets population now live in urban rather than rural areas

February 27: Earthquake

Earthquake felt in Aberystwyth at 1am magnitude 5.3, epicentre near Grimsby

April 17: Grass

Founded in 1919, and separated in 1953, the Welsh Plant Breading Station (at its Plas Gorgerddan site 4km north of Aberystwyth) becomes part of the university again.

July 4: Gutted

Starting late on the 4th, a fire gutted the Tabernacle - the site of one of the oldest Calvinistic Methodist chapel's in Wales. The chapel was rebuilt several times on the same site to cope with increasing numbers. At the time of the fire this fourth chapel, opened in 1880, was in the hands of developers planning to turn it into flats.

Tabernacle Burnt Out
Tabernacle Burnt Out
(as seen from Powell Street)

Tabernacle Burnt Out
Burnt Out Tabernacle
(as seen from Mill Street car park)

The remaining structure was considered to be unsafe and was demolished on the 11th

August: Dull

With only 105 hours of sunshine (when the average is 165), August is the dullest since 1929 when they started keeping records about this

2009

May 21: Arts Centre Extension

Creative Business Units, designed by Thomas Heatherwick and costing £1.75 million were officially opened

Creative Business Units
Creative Business Units

Creative Business Units
Creative Business Units

September 10: Little Government

New £15 million offices for parts of Ceredigion council have opened (on the Rheidol flood plain) in Llanbadarn.

October 1: Judges stopped from hanging out with the wrong crowd

In order to help protect the law from being abused by parliament, the highest court in the land - the (parliamentary) Law Lords are replaced by the (independent) UK Supreme Court.

October 15: Big Government

New £20 million offices for parts of the Welsh Assembly Government opened (on the Rheidol flood plain) in Llanbadarn.

Noughties Hottest Yet

Figures revealed that globally the 'noughties' were the warmest decade since records began in 1850.

2010

World Population


-6000
0.01
-4000
0.02
-2000
0.03
-1000
0.05
- 500
0.10
1
0.20
1000
0.31
1750
0.79
1800
0.98
1850
1.26
1900
1.65
1950
2.52
1955
2.76
1960
2.98
1965
3.33
1970
3.69
1975
4.07
1980
4.43
1985
4.83
1990
5.26
1995
5.67
2000
6.07
2005
6.45
2010
6.89
in Billions

April 14: Eyjafjallajökull smokin'

Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland released ash that reached the UK and shut down most flights over Europe for a couple of weeks.

2011

March 11: Earthquake

Japan's largest ever recoded earthquake (9.0 on Richter scale), 72km out to sea caused a devastating tsunami

April: Warm

Warmest April on record with many parts of the UK seeing temperatures 3 to 5°C warmer than normal.

Warm

2011 is the 2nd warmest year ever recorded in the UK only beaten by 2006. The 7 warmest years in the UK have all happened in the he last 10 years.

2012

Wet

Wettest April since 1910

May 5: Path

Formal opening of the 1,400km long coastal footpath that passes through Aberystwyth

May 27: Olympic Torch

Olympic Torch in Aberystwyth overnight as part of its 70 day relay around Britain ending with the the Olympic Games in London

November 2: New Justice

The magistrates court plus various tribunals and hearings moved in together into the Aberystwyth Justice Centre to occupy part of the former Tecnhium overlooking the marina.

Wet

Wettest summer since 1912

2014

January 6: Storm

An Atlantic storm surge (Cyclone Anne) blown into the Irish Sea coinciding with unusually high tides brings damaging waves into Cardigan Bay and up against Aberystwyth Prom.

Waves on Prom
Storm Pounding Prom
(cf Storms in 1703, 1744, 1839?, 1846, 1852, 1859, 1865, 1869, 1886, 1896, 1903, 1910, 1927, 1938, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1961, 1964, 1987 and 2002)