From the Celtic Hinterland: Sir John Rhys Centennial Commemorations at The National Library of Wales
Public lecture by Professor Angela V. John – Family Footsteps: Myvanwy and Olwen Rhŷs Y Drwm, 4 December 2015, 7.30pm Internationally, Sir John Rhys has deserved his reputation as a giant among Celtic scholars. However, Prof Angela V. John, eminent historian and author of many important biographies of women, shifts the focus this evening to consider his talented daughters Myvanwy and Olwen Rhŷs. She evaluates their educational achievements, women’s suffrage activities and wartime relief work as well as discussing Myvanwy’s family research.
She suggests that they deserve attention, both as part of a remarkable and progressive family unit, and as pioneers in their own right. Many secrets from the archives will be unveiled during the evening, together with a new portrait bust of Sir John himself, to commemorate the Centenary of his death. A warm welcome to all.
From the Celtic Hinterland: Sir John Rhŷs Centenary Conference Y Drwm, 5 December 2015, 9.30am-4.30pm
£10/£5 for the day
An academic conference re-examining the life and work of one of the giants of Celtic Studies – and one of the founders of the National Library – held a century after his death. Among the contributors who will be discussing aspects of Sir John Rhŷs’s work will be Robin Chapman, Thomas Charles-Edwards, Paul Russell, and Patrick Sims Williams. Come and learn more about one of the most famous of all ‘Cardis’, and the only one whose career spanned teaching at Pen-llwyn School and the Pro-Vice-chancellorship of Oxford University! For a full conference programme, see https://www.llgc.org.uk/en/collections/learn-more/archives/sir-john-rhys/john-rhys-conference/
Exhibition: An unexplored hinterland? Selections from Sir John Rhŷs’s Archive The Summers Room, 3-8 December 2015 A rare opportunity to see rich treasures from the collection of Sir John Rhŷs, one of Wales’s foremost scholars, who died a century ago. His archive is amongst the most important at the National Library, although few have trawled through its contents. This exhibition will whet the appetite by revealing a few unexpected letters and fine drawings, to create a picture of one of Wales’s most talented sons.
The exhibition may be seen for a short time only, to coincide with a conference marking the centenary of the death of Sir John Rhŷs in December 1915.