Bodelwyddan Remembering for Peace Exhibition

WW1 Book of Remembrance comes to Bodelwyddan Castle

From the 30th of April to the 19th of June the national Book of Remembrance for WW1 will be exhibited at Bodelwyddan Castle in partnership with the Wales for Peace project. The Book, in ornate calligraphy, lists over 35,000 fallen soldiers connected to Wales. This is a rare opportunity to see the Book as it’s normally safeguarded in pristine condition by the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, in the crypt at the Temple of Peace, Cardiff. The ‘Remembering for Peace Exhibition’ at Bodelwyddan is one in a series to coincide with the Wales Remembers programme, and includes an opportunity for the public to transcribe names of the fallen as a “digital act of remembrance”.

Craig Owen, head of Wales for Peace explained: “We are delighted to support Bodelwyddan Castle’s heritage initiative, by bringing the Book of Remembrance exhibition. The nation is indebted to the National Library of Wales and People’s Collection Wales for scanning all the pages allowing us to make the Book digitally accessible for future generations. We therefore encourage the public to attend this exhibition, to transcribe names of the fallen from the Book of Remembrance, and also to discover some fascinating local WW1 heritage associated with Bodelwyddan Castle.”

Morrigan Mason, Deputy Director of Bodelwyddan Castle Trust said: “The story of Bodelwyddan Castle & Park and the role it has played in its community history becomes particularly poignant when we look back at the First World War. It formed part of the vast Kinmel Camp and you can still see the remains of trench systems used for training today.       

“There’s a lot of interest in the Book of Remembrance exhibition.  Our volunteers are uncovering fascinating personal stories about the people commemorated on the Bodelwyddan memorial, and these histories will be revealed in the exhibition.       

“Our research is also taking us on journeys to explore other hidden histories, such as what happened to bereaved families, the post-war women’s suffrage movement, and the rise of the strong peace initiative in Wales in the 1920s.  These histories start to make connections with a number of significant National Portrait Gallery exhibits on display here at Bodelwyddan Castle, such as the suffragist Millicent Garrett Fawcett.”

‘Remembering for Peace Exhibition’ opening 30th April 2016

The ‘Remembering for Peace Exhibition’ will open at Bodelwyddan Castle at 2pm with a lecture on 'Stories from Flintshire’s WW1 Memorials' by Eifion and Viv Williams.  Flintshire was a much bigger county in WW1 than it is now and the people of Flintshire went to extraordinary lengths to record what had happened to its men in the conflict.  Eifion and Viv are co-founders and managers of  a website which aims to tell the stories of those who fell in the war.  In their talk, they will be telling a selection of these stories.  This is a free event and tickets are available from Bodelwyddan Castle by contacting 01745 584060.


Public Lecture in Rhyl 24th May 2016

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 at Bodelwyddan Castle a joint lecture will be given on Belgian Refugees in Wales and in Rhyl. The evening lecture at the Little Theatre Rhyl 6pm is given by leading UK researcher, Dr Christophe Declercq, and avid local researcher, Anthony Vitti, who working with others in the community has put Rhyl on the map with the Rhyl Belgian Refugees website: .

Further information on associated events are available on .

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


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