From the Archives: Christmas Bells a' Ringing

Christmas bells RRMC RRU Archives

Christmastime brings music and celebrations, which brighten this dark time of year. When the site was a military college, officer cadets would meet in Hatley Castle for a concert and the choir would sing carols and play musical bells from the aptly named minstrel’s landing on the main staircase. We are lucky enough to have in the RRU Archives a 1952 recording of the cadets playing Christmas bells, which you may download. (It will be a .mwa file of almost eight minutes, not 15 as described by the announcer. Many thanks to Media Tech for digitizing this record!)

This post wraps up "From the Archives" for 2014, and I would like to take this moment to wish you all a very happy holiday break. It also marks my last message as I am leaving Royal Roads University early in 2015 to take a position at the Royal BC Museum to work with BC's provincial collection.  I will treasure Royal Roads as special place in my heart, and hope that you will keep preserving and sharing the story of this incredibly special place, especially how it relates to you personally and professionally.

With gratitude,

Caroline Posynick
RRU Archivist
July 2011 through December 2014