Posted on 15 August 2011
The University of Wales would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who supported its activities at the Maes in this year’s National Eisteddfod in Wrexham. Our appreciation goes to the the guest speakers, visitors to our stand and the University of Wales sponsored talks at the Literature Pavilion, the organisers of the Eisteddfod and to our staff – all of whom helped the University successfully showcase its unfloundering commitment to the Welsh language and culture.
Highlights for the University have this year included: seeing Martin Crampin’s stained glass displays, which provoked a great deal of interest from visitors to the University’s stand; the vast collection of University of Wales Press books on display and the public interest they generated; the University’s annual lecture delivered by Professor Densil Morgan, as well as the other speakers who contributed to the series of literary conversations with host Catrin Beard; the high-spirited congregations of the Bangor and Classics alumni branches, who together shared memories of years past over tea and coffee; and the anomalous fine weather which ensured that visitor numbers were high.
The growing number of non-Welsh speakers and learners, old and young, who attended this year’s Eisteddfod is testament to the success of the event, to which the University is happy to have played its part. We look forward to an ever wider participation next year at the Vale of Glamorgan.