Belief into Action: Exhibition on the resistance of war

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. 

Hosting the exhibition 

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. The idea is that the exhibition belongs to a community, and that it can be used as a focal point for community activities around the theme of peace – all we ask is that you let us know what you’re up to so that we can help promote your activities!

How can Wales for Peace support you?

Do you have a story that you could add to the Pearce register?

Let us know and we can show you how to add this. 

Are you interested in hosting an exhibition?

We can help make the arrangements. We would normally expect venues to keep the exhibition for at least 2 weeks, and we would need to keep track of things like volunteer hours, visitor comments etc.

Do you have an idea for a community engagement activity around the exhibition?

We can help with training in digital and heritage skills.

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.

Useful Links

The activities so farHave a look at the content of the panels and activities

Peace Register: View the Peace Register

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