The National Library will host an exhibition on Wales and the Battle of Britain
The National Library of Wales will host the traveling exhibition Wales and the Battle of Britain to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
A special event will take place today (20 April) when Pedr ap Llwyd, Managing Director and Librarian and Air Commodore Adrian Williams, Air Officer Wales, will open the exhibition together with Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards and Second World Veterans.
The exhibition, which will be open free of charge until May 11, was created by Dr Lynsey Shaw of the RAF’s Air History Branch in conjunction with Air Commodore Williams and his team.
Due to the pandemic, the exhibition has been postponed to the year of the 82nd anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Composed of a series of panels prepared with photos and texts, the exhibition tells this important story for the first time.
Mr ap Llwyd said: “I am pleased to welcome the exhibition to the library, which will remind our readers and visitors of the extreme violence, aggression and destruction of war, in terms of human, cultural and material losses.
“It will also remind us of the bravery and sacrifices of those who defended our shores in the Battle of Britain against the most reviled individual and ideology in human history.”
Air Commodore Williams added: “The Battle of Britain, the greatest air battle on record, was one of the most pivotal and iconic moments in the history of this country. It marked a turning point in World War II when Britain stood alone against Hitler’s seemingly unstoppable military might.
“The exhibition tells a story that will allow Welsh people of all ages to come and learn more about what happened in heaven and on earth during wartime.
“It exceptionally details the Welsh crew who fought, telling their stories and heroism to a modern Welsh audience.
“By visiting the exhibition, individuals will also have the opportunity to pay their respects to fallen Welsh people and those who have finally returned home to their loved ones and to celebrate the many different ways in which Welsh people and their communities have contributed to the war effort during the Battle of Britain.
Harvey Jones, Chairman of Age Cymru Dyfed, said the organization was delighted to help coordinate the exhibition at the National Library while supporting older Dyfed veterans and the unique West Wales Veterans Archive (WWVA ) housed in the People’s Collection Wales (PCW).
“Over the past few years, it has been our absolute honor to meet, support and build friendships with many people who served in World War II and who have contributed so much to our freedom since then,” he added. .
Squadron Leader John Dunn takes the exhibition across the country to the 22 main regions of Wales. He said the response has been overwhelming.
“I have a very busy schedule over the next few months until we finish the tour in Cardiff in October,” he added. “I’m particularly pleased the exhibition is coming to the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. It’s a great place to showcase the Battle of Britain from a Welsh perspective.