I have been very privileged over the years to have met people from many different regions of the world whilst undertaking guided tours of the National Library of wales.
They have shown interest in gaining further knowledge and understanding regarding the Welsh language and our unique culture.
Last year whilst taking a group of students from Korea, I was totally amazed at their exuberance and enthusiasm whilst describing various items on display within the Hengwrt exhibition area.
This week I shall look forward to welcoming members of the public as well as students studying at The Glyndwr University in Wrexham and also Japanese students visiting our local Welsh medium Comprehensive school here at Aberystwyth.
If you wish to visit one of the great libraries of the world, why not come along on a Monday at 11.00 a.m. or a Wednesday at 2.15 p.m. and experience a guided tour.
This will enable you to go behind the scenes to one of the areas where we store some of the 50,000 works of art from the collection and also see some of the treasures.
Finally you will visit one of the most magnificent exhibition galleries in Wales to enjoy and experience the current major exhibition entitled
‘Dot Dot Dash:’ Communicating in Wales which will remain open until 14th of September 2013.
The exhibition focuses on the collections of the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales, displaying iconic audio and visual clips from each decade of the past century. It traces some of the major milestones in the history of communication in Wales that have changed the way we live our lives today.
Featuring objects borrowed from the Museum of Communication in Fife, this exhibition guides you down memory lane with early radio and television sets, home-movie clips and audio clips of early radio broadcasts in Wales.
Admission is free so therefore there will be no excuse not to visit the National Library which most probably has one of the best views in the whole wide world.
Emyr Lloyd Jones