History of Aberystwyth
1980-2000


1980

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

1981

Census

Population 8636

1985

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

Projecting Telescope

New Camera Obscura opened on Constitution Hill

Aberystwyth Camera Obscura
Aberystwyth Camera Obscura

Alex

Built in 1896, Alexandra Hall is closed down and sold. For 2 decades there were various private attempts to run it as a hostel but mostly it stood empty. After major renovation in 2004/5 the university is again offering it to students via a private partnership.

1986

Domesday 2

Commemorating the 900th anniversary of William the Conqueror’s Domesday Book, the BBC use schools and community groups to take a snapshot of ordinary life in Britain including bits-and-pieces from Aberystwyth

January 24: Peek at Uranus

Launched in 1977, American spacecraft Voyager 2 - scanned Uranus as it flew by.

April 25/26: Radiation

A test run of one of the reactors at Chernobyl (Soviet Ukraine) nuclear power station resulted in an explosion that destroyed the reactor and resulted in the world's worst radiation leak.

1988

Chemistry

University chemistry department closed down

September 29: New Jetty



Jetty, Aberystwyth
Opening of the new jetty by the pier

1989

August 25: Peek at Neptune

Launched in 1977, American spacecraft Voyager 2 - scanned Neptune as it flew by.

Private Railway

Vale of Rheidol narrow gauge railway privatised

Spring: King's Hall demolished

After years of being unused Neuadd Y Brenin/The King's Hall is demolished. Despite being declared unsafe, it was no push over - and the demolition schedule was drawn out as welders with cutting equipment were called in.

Librarianship Merged

College of Librarianship Wales (opened in 1964) becomes part of the university

May 19: Stone Roses

Stone Roses play at the University

1990

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 24 : Peeking over the rain

The Hubble Telescope is the first telescope launched into space

Hall Closed

University's student residence, Padarn Hall, turned into shops and offices.
Built around 1727 as the Gogerddan Arms it has been -> New Black Lion(?) -> by 1835: Lion Royal Hotel -> Padarn Hall.

April 2: Earthquake

Earthquake felt in Aberystwyth at 14.50 Magnitude 5.1, epicentre Bishop's Castle (Shropshire)

1992

National Eisteddfod

National Eisteddfod comes to Aberystwyth

1994

April 6-mid July: Rwandan Genocide

Well over 500,000 people are killed over a period of 100 days Rwandan Genocide

May 6: Tunnel to the Mainland

Official opening of the 51km tunnel connecting England to mainland Europe

1995

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

March 16: Slavery USA

Although a 1865 amendment to the US constitution banned slavery it was not accepted by all the states. Mississippi did not ratify the amendment until 1995.

1996

May 31: Queen Cancelled

Aberystwyth makes the national headline news when the final 1/3rd of the Queen's visit is abandoned because of egg throwing nationalist students protesting on Pengalis Campus.

1998

Hospital demolished

North Road Hospital closed and demolished

Nov 3: Fire

Fanned by an on shore breeze, a small fire that started in the derelict SeaBank Hotel (on the prom) spread to destroy Plyn' & Caerleon Halls of residence despite the efforts of over 100 fire fighters from as far away as Bangor and Swansea. Both halls have since been completely rebuilt.

Flyn Fire Aberystwyth
Remain after the Plyn - Caerleon- SeaBank Fire
Thanks to Mark for allowing me to use the image

1999