Launch of 'Digital Act of Remembrance' and call for volunteers

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The World War One Welsh Book of Remembrance is to be made accessible online, with the help of volunteers across Wales who are invited to be part of the Wales for Peace project’s ‘modern day act of remembrance’ with the Welsh Centre for International Affairs and National Library for Wales.

The online transcription tool, digitally commemorating the names of the fallen of World War I, will be launched by Dame Rosemary Butler AM as part of the ‘National Assembly Remembers’ Exhibition at the Senedd on 11th of November 2015.

Craig Owen, Head of Wales for Peace, explained: “The act of remembering is an important foundation in the search for peace. We are inviting community groups and individuals from across Wales to join us in recording the names of the 35,000 fallen listed in the Book of Remembrance, housed in the Temple of Peace, Cardiff since 1938, to provide a searchable online resource for families and researchers into the future.”

Presiding Officer Dame Rosemary Butler AM said: “The Wales for Peace transcription dovetails the Assembly Members personal involvement, as we uncover our own family members’ history in WWI. After the two minutes’ silence, it seems appropriate to take part in the transcription as an act of remembrance that will involve people across Wales. Once the names of the fallen are digitally transcribed, Welsh descendants worldwide, as well as future generations, can search for family members honoured in the Book of Remembrance.”

The transcription tool will be launched at noon 11/11/2015 in the Neuadd at the National Assembly of Wales, with Assembly Members at hand to contribute to the transcription. A display of the Assembly Members’ WWI family research will be on display.

Schools and community groups add their participation through social media, using the twitter hashtag “We are #rememberingforpeace / Rydyn ni’n #cofiodrosheddwch” . A WW1 Schools conference in Wrexham on 6th November will bring together pupils and teachers to start the journey of exploring communities’ hidden histories – soldiers stories from Wales at War, and how survivors of WW1 worked towards building peace.

Craig Owen added, “This transcription activity will be ongoing over the coming months as the treasured Book of Remembrance travels around Wales, starting with an exhibition at the National Library of Wales Aberystwyth in January 2016. Wales for Peace is a project with strong community participation, so I encourage everyone to have a look at www.walesforpeace.org for further information on how you can get involved.”

Wales for Peace is a four-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by 10 organisational partners including the National Library for Wales Aberystwyth and Cardiff Universities, and movements such as the Urdd and Cymdeithas y Cymod. Wales for Peace is a heritage project working with communities across Wales to explore the question: In the 100 years since the First World War, how has Wales contributed to the search for peace? The project is forward-looking in stimulating debate around issues of peace for the benefit of future generations.

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Notes to Editors

For media liaison for Wales for Peace please contact Hanna Huws on 01248 672104 or interviews can be conducted with Craig Owen on 07876638846

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