POTTERY dating back as far as the 16th century, work by top artists, architecture and rare books are being revealed in Bangor.

As part of efforts to raise awareness of Bangor University’s varied art and ceramics collections, two free guided tours are being held on Saturday, October 19 and Saturday, November 16.

An extensive ceramics collection by a London doctor, originally from Anglesey, was bequeathed to the university in the 1920s. Dr Pritchard also left rare books from the turn of the 20th century.

The university's ceramic collection, which includes other donations, is housed in the university's Council Chamber corridor.Ceramics from different periods and places are on show including 16th century Chinese pottery, items from Japan, to early British ceramics and porcelain such as Worcester, Staffordshire and Swansea ware.

There is also a chance to see rooms not usually open to the public, including the Brenda Chamberlain room and other areas with special or interesting architectural features.

Tour highlights include a mural by Edward Povey, "The Hall of Illusion," in Powis Hall, and there is a chance to learn about work by Kyffin Williams, Brenda Chamberlain, Peter Prendergast and Frederick William Hayes.

The 90 minute tours are led by Storiel's Emma Hobbins and Helen Gwerfyl. They are part of a joint venture between Gwynedd Council, Storiel museum and Bangor University.

Emma Hobbins said: "The ceramic collection shows the development of pottery, how the East and West influenced each other, and the tour includes the Povey mural and architectural gems not usually seen by the public."

The guided walks start from the foyer of the Main Building, College Road at 11am, in English and Welsh. Booking is essential. Contact Storiel on 01248 353 368 or email storiel@gwynedd.llyw.cymru