The National Library of Wales is inviting visitors to the Urdd National Eisteddfod in Cardiff between May 27 and June 1 to take part in an exciting challenge.
The puzzles, which allow contributors to unlock a series of doors, are based on collections held at the National Library. From books to photographs, maps to manuscripts, each task has been constructed using a host of iconic and interesting material from a treasure trove that belongs to the nation.
However, the escape room does not examine one’s awareness of Welsh history and culture; escaping depends on logical thinking.
Pedr ap Llwyd, the national library’s chief executive and librarian, said: “I’m sure that young people from all over Wales will succeed in what I failed to do – escaping in time! It is a real privilege to be part of the Eisteddfod’s activities again this year and I wish the festival every success in the Bay.”
Rhodri Morgan, the library’s education service manager, added: “The escape room mirrors what takes place at The National Library of Wales, the researching of materials and discovering facts.
“It’s an opportunity not only to entertain young visitors, but to raise awareness of the library’s important and varied collections in a creative and innovative way. The escape room also provides an opportunity to practice a crucial skill – problem solving.”
The escape room will be open throughout the week, with half hourly sessions arranged between 9.30am and 5pm. The activity is free, but applicants must book their slot on the National Library’s stand (RH003). Teams of between two and five participants are welcome to face the challenge. Although there is no need for a parent to be present, they are welcome to take part.