A major new multi-media exhibition, celebrating the birth of iconic Welsh literary figure Dylan Thomas, was officially opened at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth on Saturday 28 June by the author’s granddaughter.
Supported by the ScottishPower Foundation, ‘Dylan’, is an evocative journey into Dylan Thomas’ world of poetry, stories, plays and musings. It features photographs, archives, manuscripts, film and art from the Library’s vast Dylan Thomas collection, covering all aspects of his life and work. Most of the items on display are on show for the very first time and the exhibition also includes items on loan from the United States which have never been seen in Wales until now.
“This is a must-see exhibition, inhabiting the Library’s 4 main gallery spaces over a six month period” said Chief Executive and Librarian Aled Gruffydd Jones. “The sheer scale and range of the items on show is astonishing, but what makes this exhibition special is the emphasis on rare original items, such as a series of letters which have remained hidden until now. Crucially, it will also cement the Library’s reputation as the place where enthusiasts and researchers come, from far and wide, to study Dylan Thomas, both during and after the exhibition”.
‘Dylan’ is, however, far more than an exhibition. It encompasses a series of events and activities, including new artistic interpretations, theatre performances, dance and poetry workshops. The Library has also received generous support from the ScottishPower Foundation to facilitate an educational programme, extending the appeal of the exhibition and making it easily accessible to younger audiences.
Trustee and Executive Officer of the ScottishPower Foundation, Ann Loughrey said:
“This is an outstanding project and the Foundation is extremely pleased to support this showcase exhibition celebrating the birth of Dylan Thomas. It ticked all the boxes for us as not only does this project give everyone the opportunity to see previously unseen material, but through exciting interactive, educational programmes, ‘Dylan’ will undoubtedly help a new generation of children learn about the life and work of this iconic Welsh literary figure.”