October and November are busy times in Wales for celebrating libraries, archives and museums as each sector has a festival to help everyone get to know their museum, archive and library and what’s on offer.
(I’m very grateful to Emma Glover at the Audience Development Team for writing the following post.)
Museums, archives and libraries are at the heart of their communities and we want more people to know what they have to offer and to benefit from them. Throughout the year we work to make sure that more and more people are aware of, and use the services on offer – whether you want to read the latest books, look into the history of your community, or get to grips with artefacts that tell your story.
Each year, there are three festivals which celebrate Welsh museums, archives and libraries separately, when venues are filled with events and social media is a hive of activity to show the people who weren’t there, just what they are missing! This is what 2016 looks like for libraries, museums and archives:
#LoveLibraries (and #CaruLlyfrgelloedd in Welsh) is a five-week campaign showcasing many of the great things that libraries have to offer their communities, whether they are public, academic or health libraries.
In 2016 the campaign launched with a thunderclap on 1st October and will run until 6th November. For the public, this is a great chance to find out what is available at their local library and take advantage of some of the events that celebrate poetry, children’s books and getting online among other things, while finding out how these vibrant spaces will inspire anyone to learn, interact and imagine!
Libraries of all types promote their regular and special events with #LoveLibraries and #CaruLlyfrgelloedd hashtags to help create a core identity for everything that is taking place – whether it’s study skills for new students, baby bounce and rhyme sessions or shared reading groups for older people. The five-week campaign also has different hashtags which can be used for specific days or weeks, e.g. during the UK Get Online Week, libraries used #LoveDigital alongside the official #GOLW16 hashtag, and they’ll also be taking part in the BBC’s Love to Read campaign with #LoveToRead on 5/6th November.
Find out more at: libraries.wales or llyfrgelloedd.cymru or the events page listing what’s on across Wales or here in Welsh. You may also want to follow the Welsh Libraries Twitter account and Facebook page.
The Welsh Museums Festival 2016 runs from 22nd-30th October and demonstrates that museums are fun places to visit all year round, whatever the weather.
This festival highlights the positive impact that museums make on people of all ages in Wales through events such as Museums at Night (28-29th October), half term events and Hallowe’en celebrations.
Events like these and an increased social media presence show that museums are interesting and exciting for all the family. They demonstrate that people are empowered through learning and their collections help us understand our location and how our communities have developed, strengthening our sense of identity.
Explore your Archive will launched on 19th November 2016 with celebrity chef Bryn Williams and a Welsh cake or two!
This celebration of Welsh archives will run until 27th November and there will be events going on across Wales that will allow people to explore what archives have to offer. These events will show how archives enable us to connect with past generations to learn the stories of our past and preserve our collective memory and cultural identity.
Archives are not just places that store documents:Explore your Archive will give the public the chance to see collections of artefacts that tell a common story, such as the history of Welsh football, cricket in South Wales and the intriguing ‘Young, Victorian and in Court…’.