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Tickets are now on sale for a series of special events from the Wales Broadcast Archive and its partners BBC Cymru Wales, ITV Cymru Wales and S4C. The series will celebrate Welsh broadcasting as well as Welsh broadcasting stars and their contribution to the country's screen and sound heritage. The first three events in the Wales Broadcast Archive Presents... series give a platform to individuals from the world of drama, comedy, presenting and journalism, with stories about their life, work and career drawing on rare clips from the Wales Broadcast Archive.

The world renowned actor and star of Y Gwyll / Hinterland, Richard Harrington will be interviewed by the presenter Ffion Dafis in the first event on 26 October 2023, and on 30 November 2023 the comedian, singer and presenter Caryl Parry Jones will reminisce and sing a few songs with Ffion again at the helm.

The third event to be announced today is a special evening at Carmarthen Library's Clip Corner. On 25 January 2024 there will be an evening in the company of BBC Radio Wales presenters past and present, hosted by Dot Davies. Dot will interview journalist Gilbert John, presenter Roy Noble and reggae star and presenter Aleighcia Scott. In addition, the audience will have a look at old clips from the archive showing news and events from Carmarthen’s history.

The Wales Broadcast Archive is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Welsh Government and the National Library and its intention is to ensure that Welsh broadcasting heritage is protected and shared with the public.

Dafydd Tudur, Archive Project Manager for the National Library of Wales said:

"It is a great pleasure to be able to announce the first events in the Wales Broadcast Archive Presents... series which begins a wide program of activities to be held over the next year. Our intention is to open the doors of the National Library to more people, extend a welcome to people from near and far, and in doing so encourage people to come and search the Wales Broadcast Archive for audio and video."

"The purpose of the Wales Broadcast Archive is to celebrate the broadcasting heritage of Wales, and we are really excited about creating opportunities for audiences old and new to understand more about the archive and how to access it."

Tickets are now on sale for all three events on the Library's website:

26 October 2023, 7:30pm
An evening in the company of one of our greatest actors, Richard Harrington
Location: Wales Broadcast Archive Centre (The National Library of Wales), Aberystwyth
Hosted by Ffion Dafis

30 November 2023, 7:30pm
An evening of clips, conversation and song with Caryl Parry Jones
Location: Wales Broadcast Archive Centre (The National Library of Wales), Aberystwyth
Hosted by Ffion Dafis

25 January 2024, 7:30pm
An evening in the company of Roy Noble, Aleighcia Scott and Gilbert John to celebrate BBC Radio Wales
Location: Clip Corner, Carmarthen Library
Hosted by Dot Davies


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For more information, requests for interview or media offers please contact:
Rhodri ap Dyfrig, Head of Marketing and Audiences, National Library of Wales / 07521 761762


About the Wales Broadcast Archive:

By the end of the project half a million video and audio clips from the history of radio and television in Wales will be available to the public in the Wales Broadcast Archive. An innovative project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Welsh Government.

The material is collected at the National Library of Wales through a partnership with the broadcasters BBC Cymru Wales, ITV Cymru Wales and S4C.

Wales Broadcast Archive Centre - Exhibition:

As well as access to the archive, the permanent exhibition uses state-of-the-art interactive technology to showcase the archive highlights. This includes an audio and video lounge which acts as audiovisual bookshelves for leisurely browsing. The key service is provided through terminals that enable unprecedented access for the public and academics to research a vast collection of digitized material from Wales' audiovisual heritage. Bespoke activities for schools and groups are available at the Welsh Broadcasting Archive Centre at the National Library.

In a first for the National Library of Wales, the public will be able to access the broadcast archive from off-site of its home in Aberystwyth - with 13 new locations opening across Wales in 2023 and 2024.

About the National Lottery Heritage Fund in Wales:

  • Using money raised by the National Lottery, we inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future:
  • Thanks to National Lottery players, more than £30 million goes to good causes across the UK every week.
  • Follow @HeritageFundCYM on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund.

About the National Library of Wales:

The National Library of Wales is one of the great libraries of 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
  • 7,000,000 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 and can find further information along with a list of resources on our website.