The National Library is delivering exhibitions of some of its collections in a gallery in Haverfodwest as part of an exciting partnership between the Library and Pembrokeshire County Council. The gallery is part of The Riverside Library development that also includes a café, an advice hub, a public library and a tourist information centre. It hosts a programme of thematic six month exhibitions, and a permanent exhibition on the history, culture and legends of Pembrokeshire. The National Library also delivers a programme of events and a series of education workshops in The Riverside Library to accompany the exhibitions.
Pembrokeshire is a land filled with myth and legend, dotted with looming castles and mysterious cromlechs, and home to an old and passionate people who through the ages have been proud of their rich history, culture and landscape. In this exhibition the story of Pembrokeshire – magical legends, colourful history and spectacular landscape – is brought alive through the diverse and unique collections of The National Library of Wales.
Inspired by stories and images from the collections of the Library, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales and CADW, this exhibition explores our relationship with the sea and how it has impacted on our landscape and culture. Highlights from the exhibition include the lifebelt that saved Viscount Rhondda during the sinking of the Luisitania in 1915, Collecting Shells by Pembrokeshire based artist Claudia Williams, and an original typescript of We Lying by Seasand by Dylan Thomas.