Monday, July 04, 2011

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru (National Library of Wales)

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru (National Library of Wales).  One of the great libraries of the world, both when it was founded (1907) and today.  The 1.5 hour tour is well worth the time.  The library houses not only a complete collection of books published in Wales, but also a substantial art collection.   State-of-the-art technology includes digitization of ancient texts, historic sound and video archives, extensive family history resources, and compact moveable shelving. I moved 10-tons of paintings with one hand! Sadly, The Black Book of Carmarthen (earliest surviving Welsh manuscript, ca.  AD 1250) was not on display, but I suppose it's easier to study it online.  They have an excellent cafe and a great bookstore as well.

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