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Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Frenhinol Cymru Aberystwyth 1952

The great and the good flock to Aberystwyth for the Eisteddfod. No Crown is won but a Chair is awarded and National Library accountant, E C Roberts, records it all for posterity.

Amateur film 1952 39 mins Silent

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In 1947, Evan Caradoc Roberts made a prize-winning wooden model of The National Library of Wales for the National Eisteddfod. He knew the building well for he worked there as an accountant. In 1952, with the national eisteddfod taking place locally, he picked up his camera and recorded its events and notable people day by day. This year no poet was considered worthy of the Crown (for free verse) but the Chair (for verse in strict metre) was awarded to John Evans of Llanegryn.