Established in August 1996, Canolfan Bedwyr is celebrating 20 years of its innovative work throughout 2016/17. Canolfan Bedwyr is a centre within Bangor University that provides services, research and technology for the Welsh Language. It was named after the late Professor Bedwyr Lewis Jones and officially opened by his widow, Mrs Eleri Wynne Jones on 1 August 1996.
Initially, with two members of staff, Dr Cen Williams, the centre's first director and admistrative officer Eleri Jones, Canolfan Bedwyr's work focused on providing language training for staff and students and developing the University's Bilingual policy.
Over the years, the work of the centre has developed to include translation, terminology, software, language technology and language planning in all its diversity. Over the years, as well as responding to the needs of the University itself, the centre also has been sharing his expertise with a host of organizations, institutions and companies. Today, the centre employs more than twenty members of staff.
To celebrate Canolfan Bedwyr's twentieth birthday, the centre will be hosting a variety of events and campaigns between August 2016 and August 2017. Full details will be posted on this website.