Heritage Collection Goes Public at Open Day

Public to record the history of soldiers from WW1 and the peace heritage of Wales

On the 30th of January, 10am to 4pm, at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, the public can play their part in collecting the history of Wales, by transcribing the names of the fallen in the First World War or recording the peace heritage of Wales on Wikipedia. The Open Day, arranged by Wales for Peace, coincides with the Launch of the Remembering for Peace Exhibition, which displays and presents the special story of the WW1 Book of Remembrance.

Open Day (10am-4pm) and Official Launch of Exhibition (3pm)

There will be an opportunity from 10am onwards, to see the WW1 Book of Remembrance exhibition and select from a range of free public workshops:

  • Searching and transcribing the digital copy of the Book of Remembrance – to enable future generations to search for names digitally.
  • Discovering more about on-line resources to help uncover histories from the First World War.
  • Putting Wales’ peace heritage on the map: learning how to search and edit relevant Wikipedia entries.
  • Searching and adding to the online People’s Collection Wales, by using the resource and by scanning family pictures and archives.

To reserve a place on the free workshops, registration is possible on-line https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cofio-dros-heddwch-diwrnod-agored-a-lansiad-yr-arddangosfa-remembering-for-peace-open-day-and-tickets-20695911027 or by calling Ffion Fielding or Fi Gilligan on 029 20821051.  

At 3 o’clock the official launch will be held, with an opportunity also to appreciate the contribution of volunteers who are central to the Wales for Peace project’s success.

The Exhibition

Until the 16th of April, the Remembering for Peace exhibition will be at the National Library of Wales. The exhibition tells the story of the Welsh National Book of Remembrance, which holds the names of 35,000 men and women who lost their lives in the First World War. It explores the story of some of the people listed, and considers how the Book has been used in remembering for peace. The treasured Book is normally kept under lock and key in the crypt of the Temple of Peace in Cardiff. For those unable to travel to Aberystwyth, scanned copies of the pages can be seen on the People’s Collection Wales site http://www.peoplescollection.wales/discover/query/book%20of%20remembrance .

Public Lectures

The exhibition will also begin to explore some of the further themes of the Wales for Peace project, in particular the key question: in the hundred years since the First World War, how has Wales contributed to the search for peace?

To coincide with the exhibition in Aberystwyth, a series of Wednesday talks will be given on themes relevant to WW1, starting with a lecture on Belgian Refugees by Christophe Declercq 17-2-2016, followed by a lecture on Wales’ Conscientious Objectors by Aled Eurig 2-3-2016.

Further information is available on www.walesforpeace.org.

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 and also forward-looking in stimulating debate around issues of peace for the benefit of future generations.





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