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THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF THE DICTIONARY OF WELSH BIOGRAPHY

First published in the 1950s, the Dictionary of Welsh Biography has now moved from print to digital open access, hosted by the National Library of Wales. Professor Dafydd Johnston, Director of the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies at the University of Wales, is the current editor of the DWB and explains the history of the Dictionary, its importance for national identity, and the current programme of revisions and additions. He gives examples of how the diversity of entries is increasing so that many previously neglected figures, especially women, are now taking their rightful place in the
Dictionary.

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