Archives: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru/National Library of Wales

National Library of Wales Blog: Accessions Day

There was barely room left in the Council Chamber of the National Library of Wales on Wednesday the 4th of October when friends of the […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Collecting the Election

What was your response on April 18th to the news that Theresa May had called a General Election? Possibly similar to Brenda from Bristol? I’d […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: LENS 2017

Philip Jones Griffiths, John Bulmer, Marian Delyth, Rhodri Jones, Pete Davis, Peter Finnemore, David Hurn, Jeremy Moore, Amanda Jackson, Jon Tonks, Alison Baskerville, Bedwyr Williams, […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: William Salesbury’s 1567 New Testament

In 1567 the first translation of the New Testament into Welsh was published in London.  A law had been passed in 1563 instructing the bishops […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Launching the Welsh Music Archive

At a special ceremony on Friday, 22 September, The National Library of Wales launched its Welsh Music Archive Programme in the presence of the folk […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: A look back at the ’97 Referendum using the Library’s electronic resources

This week saw the 20th anniversary of the Welsh referendum that paved way for the creation of the National Assembly for Wales. I decided to […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Archif Ddarlledu Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru

Yn ddiweddar mae’r Llyfrgell wedi cychwyn ar brosiect newydd, cyffrous, i ddatblygu a sefydlu Archif Ddarlledu Genedlaethol i Gymru. Rydym yn cydweithio â’r BBC i […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Revelations in Lord Harlech’s Game Books

    An informal group of Welsh and Shropshire bird-watchers dipped into their wallets recently to help the National Library acquire at auction three game […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Modernist Network Cymru (MONC)

The second Modernist Network Cymru (MONC) conference takes place at the National Library of Wales and Aberystwyth University School of Art on 12-13 September 2017, […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: I really must get a better map

A reader recently enquired about antiquarian maps showing the Baja California peninsula as an island. Indeed, we have an excellent example of such a map […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Thomas Stephens Letters: Transcripts now available online

As part of a Leverhulme Trust funded project on Thomas Stephens of Merthyr Tydfil at the University of Wales Centre for Celtic Studies, transcripts of […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Unfit for human habitation: living conditions in rural Cardiganshire

Nowadays we all take for granted the daily supply of clean water through our domestic taps. Homes are fully renovated, clean, centrally heated. Rubbish is […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: A note on the life and art of John Mervyn Davies (1917-2007), by his son Philip

Born in ‘Peerie Hoose,’ Parrog Road, Newport, Pembrokeshire, John Mervyn Davies painted the watercolours in this collection between 1955 and the late 1980s, after relocating […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: The Happiness Stone

Legends. Legends. Legends. This year has been designated Year of the Legends and we in Wales are fortunate to have them in abundance – Mabinogi, […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Library Foundations get the Royal Touch

The 15th of July is an important date for the Library as on this date in 1911 not one but two foundation stones were laid […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: The ‘Holy Grail’ of Nanteos

This weekend the Nanteos Cup will return to Strata Florida Abbey, where, according to tradition, it was kept by the Cistercian brothers before Henry VIII’s […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Return of the King

King Arthur is arguably Wales’ most successful international export. The National Library of Wales has long been a thriving centre for Arthurian studies, based on […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Cwblhau Prosiect Llwyddiannus Cynefin

Mae prosiect Cynefin ar fin dod i ben, gyda dros fil o fapiau degwm y Llyfrgell Genedlaethol wedi eu geogyfeirio, a 28,000 o ddogfennau wedi […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: A Soaring Success Story

Last week (19 May) was Endangered Species Day, which provided an opportunity to contemplate the success story of a once endangered species in Wales, information […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Kelmscott Manor, Miss Lobb and me

In June, an exhibition will open at Kelmscott Manor in the Cotswolds, inspired by the discovery of a bequest made to the National Library in […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Carto-Cymru: Measuring the Meadows – The Wales Map Symposium 12 May 2017

Last year the National Library of Wales and The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales joined together to hold the first […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: A Welsh cinematic journey via the Library’s online newspapers

Whilst reading the current issue of Empire magazine, I came across an article on how “Citizen Kane” lost out to “How Green Was My Valley” […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Dysgwch mwy am staff y Llyfrgell

Ar 18 Ebrill yn yr Unol Daleithiau, maen nhw’n dathlu Diwrnod Cenedlaethol Gweithwyr Llyfrgell (National Library Workers’ Day).  I gydfynd a hynny hoffen i gyflwyno […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: 5 New opportunities during the Edward Thomas centenary

100 years on the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth is securing the legacy of Edward Thomas by collecting and digitising his archive, with 5 new […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: #WorldTheatreDay

Yesterday was World Theatre Day and provided an opportunity to reflect on Wales’ performance tradition.  Although the tradition may be still young in Wales in […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Stories of the Saints

And when that hideous youth heard her belittle him in this way, he took out his sword and sliced off her head. And on the […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Thomas Pennant’s Description of London

The Library has an extensive collection of the works of Thomas Pennant (1726-1798), the naturalist, antiquary and traveller who was born in Downing in Flintshire.  […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Shane Williams

On March 12th 1881 the Welsh Rugby Union was formed in the Castle Hotel, Neath and today marks its 136th Anniversary.   This portrait of […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Welsh Women’s Archives

Recently we published a blog listing the top 50 Welsh Women’s Archive collections at the National Library.  The study of women’s history is becoming more […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Remembering Eirionedd Baskerville

It gives me great sadness to write this blog in memory of my friend and mentor, Eirionedd Baskerville. Eirionedd joined the Department of Manuscripts and […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Film: ‘The Song We Sing is About Freedom’ (1975)

In 1975, Côr y Brythoniaid, a male voice choir from Blaenau Ffestiniog, undertook exchange visits with The Zoltan Kodaly Male Voice Choir from the United […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Syrup of turnips anyone? Early Welsh books on popular medicine

  Books on medicine and public health, which we’re currently in the process of assessing, form an important part of the Welsh Print Collection. Welsh […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: The Battle of Fishguard

The 22nd February 1797 marks the 220th anniversary of  the Battle of Fishguard also known as “The last invasion of Britain”. This unusual map records […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Chaucer goes global

Two of the National Library’s Chaucerian treasures have enjoyed world-wide acclaim during the last few months. Our most famous English manuscript, the late 14th- or […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Film: ‘The Airy Tomb’ (1963) ~ a Poem by R S Thomas

A bleak, but beautiful story of a life not lived. This atmospheric film portrays poet R S Thomas’s story of Twm, the”shy soul” who lives […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Tell Laura I Love Her, ‘Here Today’, 1960

How much influence do you think songs have on our behaviour? The Road Safety Council, in 1960, were concerned that the “morbid and corrupt’ song […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Holocaust Memorial Day

Today marks the 17th Holocaust Memorial Day, since its establishment in 2000 as an international day of commemoration.  The day provides an opportunity to remember […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Love is ancient . . . Love is eternal . . .

Over the centuries the way we live our lives has changed beyond recognition, but one thing that has remained constant over the years and that […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Top 50 Welsh Women’s Archives at the National Library

To coincide with Welsh History Month in the Wales Online on the theme of women in history (#histwomen and #WelshHistory) here is selection of archives […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Rheola’s pictorial survey and its creator

Manuscript estate maps which flourished between the late 16th and late 19th Century  constitute a significant resource in topographical research.   The National Library of […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Do Women Enjoy Wearing Short Skirts?, 1960.

In this daring clip from ‘In the News’ we find out why women enjoy wearing shorter skirts, and men get a chance to comment on […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Gogerddan Christmas 1941

  Lady Marjorie Pryse described Christmas Day 1941, spent with her husband, Sir Lewes Pryse of Gogerddan, while reminiscing over her glamorous past: Lewe came […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Film: Lloyd George at Home: Xmas 1938 & Jan 1939

At Lloyd George’s home in Surrey – Bron-y-de farm, Churt – young and old await the arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Day for he […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Iolo Morganwg and his ‘terrible mound of trifling scraps’

‘Carnedd ofnadwy o fân beprynnau’ (‘a terrible mound of trifling scraps’) was how the poet, antiquary and literary forger Edward Williams (Iolo Morganwg, 1747-1826) once […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: Do You Think Christmas is Too Commercialised? 1960.

In this clip from the magazine program ‘In The News’ from 1960 the people of Cardiff and Pontypridd are interviewed on whether they think Christmas […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: There had come to Aberystwyth a great opportunity. Were they going to rise to it?

This call to arms came from the industrialist David Davies of Llandinam in a speech he gave to a packed public meeting held in Aberystwyth […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: A world without records is a world without memory

Today is the first day of the Library’s Explore Your Archive week.  During the week we will be taking the opportunity to celebrate archives and […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: The Welsh Political Archive Annual Lecture 2016

The Welsh Political Archive annual lecture is now a well-established event in the calendar of the National Library of Wales.   The Lecture is delivered […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: LENS

It’s that time of year again and another LENS rolls around on Saturday November 5th. Based around the theme of conflict this years speakers are […] Parhau i ddarllen

National Library of Wales Blog: UNESCO’s World Day for Audio-Visual Heritage

UNESCO’s World Day for Audio-Visual Heritage (WDAVH) is celebrated by screen and sound archives all over the world.  It takes place each year on October […] Parhau i ddarllen