|Dylan Thomas Centre
The Dylan Thomas Centre is an arts centre located in the Maritime Quarter of Swansea and home to a permanent exhibition on the life and work of Dylan Thomas.
Formerly the city’s Guildhall, which was originally built in 1825, the Dylan Thomas Centre was restored and refurbished to host the UK Year of Literature and Writing in 1995, when It was opened by American ex-President Jimmy Carter, one of the world’s most famous Dylan Thomas enthusiasts (others include Bob Dylan).
The centre houses the permanent ‘Man and Myth’ exhibition, based on the largest collection of memorabilia of its kind in the world. It is designed to appeal to the Dylan expert and interested visitor alike. This interactive exhibition explores Dylan’s life and work through a variety of media and includes letters, books, worksheets and photographs.
The Dylan Thomas Centre is home to a year-round programme of literary events, including book launches, plays, poetry evenings, changing exhibitions and science talks. It hosts the annual Dylan Thomas Festival held between Dylan’s birth and death dates, 27 October to 9 November.
The Dylan Thomas Centre’s staff also provide a variety of talks and tours, such as talks on aspects of Dylan’s life and works, on contemporary literature, on writing poetry and on cultural tourism.
There is also a restaurant and bar, a bookshop cafe, conference rooms and a theatre.