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Posted - 06-11-2018

Collections / Events

The Welsh Political Archive Annual Lecture 2018

Last Friday, 2nd of November, The Welsh Political Archive Annual Lecture was delivered by The Revd Dr D. Ben Rees at Y Drwm, The National Library of Wales. The lecture is delivered in Welsh every three years, and the title for this year was ‘Camp Aneurin; y Gwasanaeth Iechyd Gwladol’ [translated as Aneurin’s triumph; the National Health Service in English].

The lecture was an opportunity to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the National Health Service and to acknowledge the magnificent achievement of Aneurin Bevan in all this. With all the tickets sold out before the evening, a great lecture was delivered by D. Ben Rees who traced the relationship of the Minister for Housing, Health and Local Government with the Tredegar Medical Aid Society which gave him a socialist vision to create a National Health Service.

This was the thirty-second public lecture in a celebrated series instituted in 1987. The previous lectures include Lord Kenneth O. Morgan, Lord Roberts of Conwy, Professor Angela V. John and Menna Richards.

Although he has spent the last 50 years in Liverpool, Dr Rees is a native of Llanddewi Brefi, Ceredigion, and is one of the most prominent preachers of his denomination. In addition, he is a well-known lecturer and broadcaster, and is an author of over 70 publications in Welsh and English.

He published a biography in Welsh on Jim Griffiths in 2014, a volume which was well-received as it was the first in Welsh to encompass the life and career of one of the most important political figures in Wales in the second half of the 20th century and the first Secretary of State for Wales. A sister volume was published last summer, which was a comprehensive biography of another political giant in 20th century Wales, Cofiant Cledwyn Hughes.

Interesting questions and a good discussion were had following the lecture, and a vote of thanks was proposed by Rhys Evans, Head of Strategy and Education at BBC Wales, who is a member of The Welsh Political Archive Advisory Committee which met earlier that afternoon.

The lecture is now published on the pages of The Welsh Political Archive (together with lectures of the past fifteen years) on the Library’s website, and a recording of the lecture forms part of The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales.

D. Rhys Davies
Assistant Archivist, The Welsh Political Archive


Posted - 21-10-2011

News and Events

Menna Richards to give Welsh Political Archive Lecture

Menna Richards OBE, the former Controller of BBC Wales, will be the guest speaker at this year’s National Library annual Welsh Political Archive lecture which will be held on Friday 4 November 2011.

This is the 25th NLW Welsh Political Archive annual lecture in a celebrated series instituted back in 1987.  She is, however, only the third woman to deliver this prestigious lecture.

Menna Richards OBE was the Controller of BBC Wales from February 2000 until her recent retirement February 2011. She was the first woman to hold the post of a BBC National Controller. Not surprisingly given her background, her lecture will be under the tantalising title of ‘“I settled Wales last Thursday” – a view from the frontier of Broadcasting’.

Born at Maesteg in 1953, she attended Maesteg Grammar School and the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Her start in broadcasting was as a reporter and producer for HTV Wales in the current affairs department. She rose to become Managing Director of HTV Wales, before the company was taken over by United News & Media. She reported on politics in Wales and Westminster, from the USA, the former Soviet Union and Europe.

She was married to the TV presenter Patrick Hannan, dubbed the “doyen of the Welsh journalists”, who died suddenly in 2009 after a short illness. Patrick Hannan, who died on October 11 aged 68, was a BBC broadcaster and one of the best-known journalists in Wales, admired for his authority, erudition and wit. By coincidence, the first ever Patrick Hannan Memorial lecture was held last night at the National Library of Wales, with another Welsh woman, former MEP, Baroness Eluned Morgan, giving the lecture.
Admission to the lecture is free, but it is advisable to book tickets before hand. You can book the tickets from the Library’s Shop or online.



Posted - 14-05-2010


Events at the Drwm

Since it’s opening in June 2004, the Drwm has held many events.  About 150 of these events have been recorded by our Technical crew, and are available on the Archive’s Catalogue.  These recordings can be viewed here at the Archive.  If you have missed any event, have a look at our Catalogue or contact us to organise a viewing.

The collection includes:

Rhodri Morgan in the Drwm

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