Wales is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural nation, where people from many different backgrounds have lived alongside each other for generations. From the earliest inhabitation to the globalism of the 21st century, people have travelled across land and sea to make a home for themselves, their families and their descendants in what is now called Wales. Together, our diverse stories and experiences as individuals and communities have shaped the identity of Wales through the centuries, and will continue to do so into the future.
For too long, however, the lived experiences of Black, Asian, Mixed-Race and Minority Ethnic people have been underrepresented in the heritage and culture of Wales. As a national institution established at the beginning of the twentieth century, The National Library of Wales – our outlook, attitudes and practices as well as our collections - has been shaped by the story of modern Wales and its role in the world. Colonialism placed Wales at the centre of systems that created the structural racism and inequality that still exist in our society today.
We are committed to changing our way of working so that these biases and behaviours are unlearned, we face up to the decisions and actions of the past, and become an actively anti-racist organisation. We are committed to becoming a National Library that embraces and celebrates the diversity of Wales and is truly representative in terms of our staff, our collections and the individuals and communities we serve.
To achieve this change, it is essential that we work with diverse communities and organisations in Wales in the planning, design and delivery of our activities, and we continue to develop these connections and establish channels to support this collaboration.
If you would like to receive more information on what we are doing, share your comments and suggestions, or work with us to fulfil our commitments, please contact us through our Enquiries Service.