A Different Take on Remembrance - Pierhead Project Launch

On Tuesday 11 November at 9.00am, a major new Lottery-funded project – Cymru dros Heddwch/Wales for Peace project – will be launched at the Pierhead, National Assembly for Wales. The launch will take place at a National Assembly commemorative event for school pupils aged 14-18, which will ask young people to think about the impact of the First World War in Wales and beyond.

Over four years, the Wales for Peace project will explore how Wales has contributed to the search for peace in the century since the First World War. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a £918,000 grant to the Welsh Centre for International Affairs and its partner organisations, including Urdd Gobaith Cymru, the National Library and National Museum Wales.

Martin Pollard, Chief Executive of the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, said:
with opportunities for young people to discuss the First World War, and to debate what peace means to them today. The whole Wales for Peace project is an opportunity to uncover a part of Welsh heritage that has remained largely untold, and to place the search for peace within the national story of Wales.”

Speakers at the launch event will include the Assembly’s Presiding Officer, Rosemary Butler AM; the Deputy Presiding Officer, David Melding AM; Dr Jennifer Mathers, Senior Lecturer in International Politics at Aberystwyth University; and Efa Gruffudd Jones, chief executive of the Urdd.

Notes for editors


  • Both Welsh and English language interviewees will be available at the project launch and throughout the day
  • 60 young people aged 14-18 will be taking part and can be interviewed for their views on remembrance and peace

Cymru dros Heddwch / Wales for Peace project

The project is divided into five main themes:

  • Soldiers’ Stories – Uncovering the Impact of War: Digitisation of the national Books of Remembrance for the two World Wars and support people to uncover the stories behind the names, followed by a touring exhibition of the Books.
  • The Peace Builders – Discovering Wales’ Hidden Histories: Activities related to uncovering peace builders in Wales including online resources, events and artistic interpretations to explore themes. Stories of national importance will be covered, such as the Urdd Message of Peace and Goodwill.
  • Peace Now – The Legacy for Today: Engaging people in discussion about how conflict and peace have shaped Wales today through formal and informal events; exploring current public attitudes to peace and conflict.
  • Future Generations – Inspiring Young People through Heritage: Using Wales’ peace heritage as basis for creating teaching resources that develop learners’ skills and aims to inspire a new generation to work for a peaceful future.
  • The Whole Story – Wales for Peace Exhibition: The main travelling exhibition will bring together all elements of the project and will tell the story of Wales and peace from 1914 to the present, including both national and local multimedia content

Project partners

The lead partner is the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, a charity whose mission is to inspire learning and action on global issues.

Other partners include:

  • Aberystwyth University / David Davies Memorial Institute
  • Academi Heddwch Cymru / Wales Peace Institute initiative
  • Cardiff University
  • Cymdeithas y Cymod (Fellowship of Reconciliation in Wales)
  • National Library of Wales
  • National Museum Wales
  • People’s Collection Wales
  • Urdd Gobaith Cymru
  • UNA Exchange

The Heritage Lottery Fund is the UK’s largest dedicated funder of heritage:

  • It invests around £375million a year on a broad range of projects - from museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions
  • HLF has supported just over 35,500 projects allocating more than £5.6billion across the UK since the establishment of the Lottery in 1994
  • In Wales HLF has invested over £284 million and supported over 2,162 projects in local communities all over the country. 
  • Follow HLF on Twitter: @HLFCymru

Further information

Martin Pollard, Chief Executive, Welsh Centre for International Affairs
Tel: 29 2082 1053
Email: martinpollard@wcia.org.uk


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