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This report is taken from PN Review 259, Volume 47 Number 5, May - June 2021.

Letter from Wales Sam Adams
I recently received via email ‘Latest News from the National Library of Wales’. It is the second such document I have received and seems likely to have been prompted by my request for information about last year’s review panel enquiry into the working of the library (PNR 258). The first in the series, ‘Newyddion o’r Gen’ is its Welsh title, concerns new digital resources, an event to mark LGBTQ+ History Month, and a note about the availability of the Welsh Music archive. The second number, a somewhat longer letter, provides information relating to ‘The Story of Welsh Art’ a BBC2/BBC4 production, skilfully presented by Huw Stephens, son of my old, much missed, friend Meic. The library contributed several items to the programme from its important collection of Welsh art and has gone further by co-operating with the Guardian/ArtUK on the ‘Great Britain Art Tour’, available on the Guardian website, and adding an extensive display of its art holdings to the ArtUK website. These developments are very welcome, whether they come as an initial response to the review panel’s recommendation that the library should develop an outreach programme, or as the timely realisation of a long considered project. Visual representations of the library as treasure house of national heritage have an immediate impact; what is contained between the covers of a book or in a bundle of manuscript may be less readily accessible to the public at large, but the second newsletter tackles the problem by highlighting the library’s contribution to Women’s History Month and its Gareth Vaughan Jones ...


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