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Cymmrodorion appoint two new Council members

Thursday 3 December, 2020

The Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, which promotes  the language, literature, arts and science of Wales, is delighted to announce that it has appointed Dr. Elizabeth Siberry and Theo Davies-Lewis as new Council members.

Dr. Siberry is currently on the Council of the University of Wales Trinity St. David and the Board of the National Library of Wales. She is also a Trustee of the Gregynog Trust and the Brecknock Arts Trust, and on the editorial board of the journal Brycheiniog. A retired civil servant, she is also a historian and writes on medieval history and on the history of Breconshire.

Theo Davies-Lewis grew up in Llanelli and works in London for the communications consultancy Finsbury. He is a  founder of Darogan Talent, a jobs network attracting graduates to work in Wales. He writes and broadcasts about Wales on BBC Cymru, Nation Cymru, the Western Mail, The Times, The Spectator and Times Radio.

Ceridwen Roberts, Chair of the Cymmrodorion Council, said: “We are delighted at this time of new opportunity for the Society to make two appointments to our Council. We have met the challenge of 2020 successfully by taking our talks online, and Liz Siberry and Theo Davies-Lewis will help us to develop both our programme and our reach. We very much look forward to going back to meeting our members and friends in person at lectures, but even when this is possible I hope that we will continue to offer our programme online so that all can access it.”

Commenting on her appointment, Dr. Siberry said: “I am delighted to be joining the Council of the Cymmrodorion Society and I look forward to working with colleagues to support and develop the Society’s important work.”

Speaking about his election to Council, Theo Davies-Lewis added: “I am excited to be joining the Cymmrodorion just as the Society has gone online, attracting larger audiences to its terrific range of lectures. I look forward to working with the Council and the Society’s members to help the Cymmrodorion in strengthening their online presence.”   

The Cymmrodorion held their first online lecture earlier this year, hosting the Eisteddfod 2020 Sir Thomas Parry-Williams Lecture by Professor Gerwyn Wiliams, on Cynan’s Mab Y Bwthyn, and two other online lectures in the autumn have been on The Jews of Wales by Dr. Cai Parry-Jones, and on Designing Wales; An Archive for Welsh Architecture by Dr. Peter Wakelin. 

The Society’s 2021 programme will soon be published online and will include talks on: Welsh conscientious objectors;  Iorwerth Peate, one of the founders of St Fagan’s National History  Museum;  Sir Ben Bowen Thomas and Unesco;  and Catrin o Ferain, sometimes called Mam Cymru.

The Cymmrodorion’s next online lecture is on 10th December 2020 at 18.30 by Dr. Rhian Davies on The Musical Vision for Wales of Walford Davies. All are welcome to join our lecture via our website and there is no charge.

Notes to Editors:

Founded in 1751 by Welsh people living and working in London the Cymmrodorion has promoted the development of some of Wales’ most important institutions. The Society’s lecture series in Welsh and English aims to reflect all that is best in contemporary Welsh language, literature, arts and science and offers an opportunity to discuss a changing Wales. It publishes its lectures in its annual Transactions. It is supported by its membership, but lectures are free and open to all.

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