Welsh Biography (also known as The Dictionary of Welsh Biography) relaunched its website in November 2018, which contains concise biographies for about five thousand people who have been prominent in Welsh life throughout the ages. In the first three months of 2019, over 30,000 unique users visited the website, and month-on-month figures continue to rise.
The Welsh Biography website is delivered in partnership by The National Library of Wales and the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, and is supported by both the Cymmrodorion Society and the Learned Society of Wales.
These organisations recognise the national importance of this resource, but the continued development of Welsh Biography is dependent on external income. Access to the website is available free of charge to ensure the widest possible access, but currently has no guaranteed income stream and does not receive grants in aid.
The articles are written by external contributors on a voluntary basis, but considerable work is still required to commission, edit and digitise all the content. We are therefore mounting a fund-raising campaign to cover a proportion of our costs.
Your sponsorship of Welsh Biography would enable us to maintain and develop the resource, including:
Improve coverage in fields such as business, science and sport
Increase the number of articles on the contributions of women in general
Further features of the website to meet the needs of users seeking information about Wales's past
We seek to raise £60,000 a year to appoint an officer dedicated to developing the resource and technical maintenance.
You will surely appreciate the value of this resource to the people of Wales, and we would be most grateful for any contribution you are able to make to its development. All sponsorship will of course be acknowledged on our website, at promotional events and through social media channels. Should you wish to discuss this we would be very happy to meet with you to explain our plans in more detail.