BELIEF AND ACTION: NEW exhibition explores resistance to war

BELIEF AND ACTION: NEW exhibition explores resistance to war and questioning your conscience in the First World War and beyond.

Exhibition launch and first installation in St David’s Uniting Church, Pontypridd 5th – 13th November.

About the exhibition

 This brand new exhibition from Wales for Peace explores the reasons why some conscientious objectors chose to take the difficult path of resisting conscription in the First World War. It looks at some of the problems that they faced, when hundreds of thousands of men believed it was their duty, and sacrificed their lives, to fight for their country. What makes an individual take a stand when they feel that their conscience won’t allow them to follow a certain path? It also explores the legacy of these actions. In the hundred years since the First World War, how have people in Wales followed their beliefs with action in the search for peace?

Funding for the project is through the Welsh Government’s Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 programme. The commemorative programme provides an opportunity to reflect on the causes of the First World War and its transformational impact on Welsh life and society.


The launch event, at 10am on Saturday 5th November promises to be a moving experience, with contributions from Coed y Lan Primary School and the Mid Glamorgan youth choir. The community of St David’s Church extend a warm welcome to anyone who would like to join us. The exhibition will then be open every day between 10am and 4pm until the 13th of November, when it will move to the Pierhead building, Cardiff Bay, from the 15th to the 29th of November. Admission is free.

Further Information

The exhibition is designed to be flexible and portable, so that it can visit as many communities as possible across Wales, and will be supported by a growing store of digital resources. This includes the Pearce Register of Conscientious Objectors: a fascinating database showing the records of some 860 Welsh men who took their case for exemption from conscription to a military tribunal.

If you would like to find out more, help us add a story to our digital collection, or if you are interested in hosting the exhibition in your community, contact Ffion Fielding, Exhibitions and Engagement Coordinator,, 029 2082 1051.

Find out more - Wales Remembers those who stood against the First World War

Explore the Pearce Register of Conscientious Objectors in Wales

Learn - 'Conscience and Choice' Resource for Schools









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