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The history and future of the Dictionary of Welsh Biography

Professor Dafydd Johnston

Tuesday 25 October, 2016

In this lecture, Professor Dafydd Johnston, Director of the Universty of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, and a Co-Editor of the Dictionary, traces the history of the Dictionary of Welsh Biography from the foundation of the project by the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion during the 1930s to the present day. He describes some of the significant developments that the Centre and the National Library of Wales are currently taking forward. These include the improvement of the Dictionary’s gender balance through the addition of more articles about Welsh women, the digitisation of articles and the addtion of photographs and other illustrations. Professor Johnston goes on to outline the challenges facing the Centre and the Library as they seek to ensure the long-term future of this important national resource.

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