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It is our pleasure to announce today that Pedr ap Llwyd, Chief Executive and Librarian of the National Library of Wales, will become a member of Gorsedd Cymru and will be honoured at the Llŷn and Eifionydd National Eisteddfod 2023.

He will become an Honorary Druid – Blue Robe for his service to the nation. Blue robes are given to those who have succeeded in the fields of law, science, sports, journalism, media, local or national activities.

These honours, presented annually, recognise individuals from all parts of the country for their achievements and their commitment to Wales, our language and their local communities across the whole of Wales.

Originally from Penrhyndeudraeth and now resident in Aberystwyth, Pedr ap Llwyd is the National Librarian of Wales since 2018. He is a well-known benefactor to Wales, and as part of his vision to promote accessibility, he succeeded during the lockdown period in motivating the Library’s workforce to speed up digital transformation processes so that our literary and documentary heritage is more accessible to all. He serves on a number of influential boards and committees in Wales, is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and member of the Welsh committee for the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


** Mae’r datganiad hwn hefyd ar gael yn y Gymraeg **

For more details and images, please contact: Rhodri ap Dyfrig, Head of Marketing and Audiences, National Library of Wales / 07855362206


About the National Library of Wales

The National Library of Wales is a library for Wales and the world. Located in Aberystwyth, it is the home of the story of Wales.

Opened in 1907, the Library is the centre of research into the culture and heritage of Wales and the Celtic nations.
The purpose of the Library is to make our culture and heritage accessible for everyone to learn, research and enjoy.
We are a legal deposit library, which means we are entitled to a copy of every print publication in Britain and Ireland, but our collections also include the following

  • 7,000,000 feet of film
  • 250,000 hours of video
  • 6,000,000 books and newspapers
  • 40,000 manuscripts
  • 1,500,000 maps
  • 150,000 hours of sound
  • 950,000 photographs
  • 60,000 works of art
  • 1,900 cubic meters of archives

You can search the collections online. You will find further information along with a list of resources on our website