The Capital of Culture title will certainly place Liverpool firmly on the global map, although Liverpool is already well known around the world for its cultural heritage and the many distinctive and different aspects of its history. And in the midst of all this were the Welsh from Gwynedd which played an important part of this heritage.
To celebrate the fact that Liverpool will be the Capital of Culture, and to mark the connections with Gwynedd, the Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery at Bangor will hold a special exhibition during 2008. The exhibition which will be held in September of next year will trace the connection between Gwynedd and Liverpool.
Gwynedd Council officers have already been busy unearthing many interesting sources which show the connections, which include the maritime connection between the two places; the religious connection – many chapels were built in Liverpool for the Welsh; and also the connection between eisteddfodau and Liverpool is very interesting – and let’s not forget the “The Beatles” visit to Bangor!
The Council is glad to announce that the Reverend Dr D. Ben Rees – a Welshman who has lived in Liverpool for some years, and an expert on the Liverpool Welsh – has been invited to the archives in Caernarfon and to the Gwynedd Museum in Bangor on Tuesday, 27 November, to discuss ideas for the exhibition.