Looking forward to 2016: Remembering for Peace and uncovering hidden histories

A topical question in the season of peace and goodwill is asked by the Wales for Peace project: In the 100 years since the First World War, how has Wales contributed to the search for peace?

The gathering of families over Christmas and New Year is the ideal opportunity for the younger generation to ask more about their family history.

Whether their forefathers fought in the First World War or were Conscientious Objectors, whether their foremothers grieved fallen sons or went to join the women at Greenham Common, these histories and associated archives form part of family, as well as national, heritage.

Head of Wales for Peace, Craig Owen explained: “Wales for Peace is both a heritage and a future generations project which will allow the youth of today and their descendants to reflect on the courage and sacrifice of many over the past century. In turn this can motivate future generations to continue with the momentum in their search for peace. Throughout 2016, by regularly checking new activities on www.walesforpeace.org, people can volunteer to support this national appeal to gather and share our heritage.”

Planned New Year activities include the Remembering for Peace Exhibition at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth from 16th of January to 16th of April 2016. The official launch will be held on Saturday 30th of January with an Open Day for the public to transcribe names from the WW1 Book of Remembrance. On the day individuals and community groups can also find out more about volunteering to support the Wales for Peace project by researching and sharing the, as yet, ‘hidden histories’ of family or community peacebuilders (click here to download initial hidden histories contact form). Those unable to attend can find regular news and volunteering updates on the www.walesforpeace.org website throughout 2016.

Wales for Peace is a Welsh Centre for International Affairs project and the exhibition and transcription initiative is developed in conjunction with the National Library of Wales. Wales for Peace is a four-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by 10 partners including the National Library for Wales, Aberystwyth and Cardiff universities, and movements such as the Urdd and Cymdeithas y Cymod. The project is forward-looking in stimulating debate around issues of peace for the benefit of future generations. ____________________________________________________________________________
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