Amgueddfa Cymru remembers the First World War
To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, Amgueddfa Cymru is presenting a programme of exhibitions, events and publications.
We’ll tell the stories of the people of Wales and explore the unique impact on Welsh life. Key events we’ll be examining include Mametz Wood, Passchendaele, the death of Hedd Wyn and the end of the War.
We will be looking at three areas:
- The call to war: how and why the people of Wales responded.
- Living through war: the impact both for people at home and those fighting and working in the arenas of war.
- Transformation through war: changing skills, attitudes and beliefs in Wales.
These are some of the things you can look out for:
Events and activities
First World War Hidden Histories: St Fagans Castle Trail
Staff from St Fagans will be taking us on a trail to uncover the hidden histories of St Fagans Castle and gardens from the First World War.
2015, St Fagans National History Museum
First World War Hidden Histories: St Fagans Historic Buildings Trail
Staff from St Fagans will be taking us on a trail around the Museum to discover the hidden histories of some of the historic buildings.
2016 - 2017, St Fagans National History Museum
In spring 2014 we’ll be planting hundreds of poppy seeds at all our seven museums. For the rest of the commemoration period, the poppies will provide an annual reminder and a place we can all gather to reflect.
From 7th April 2014
Efforts and Ideals: Prints of the First World War
A series of 66 lithographic prints, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1917 to encourage a war-weary public and raise support for the war effort. The images, by various artists, illustrate some of the changing attitudes such as women’s role during the War.
2 August 2014 - 4 January 2015, National Museum Cardiff
Poppies for remembrance
An investigation of the link between the cultural uses of poppies for remembrance and the science of biodiversity.
19th July 2014 - 8th February 2015, Big Pit, National Coal Museum
When Dai became Tommy
A look at the personal stories of the miners whose unique underground skills were exploited to dig tunnels.
14th February 2015 - 6th September 2015, Big Pit, National Coal Museum
For Freedom and for Empire
An exploration of the reactions of the slate quarrying communities to the recruitment campaigns. Recent historical research suggests that support across Wales was by no means as strong previously believed.
July 2015, National Slate Museum
A look at the war memorial at Penyrorsedd Quarry, to discover more about the names listed on it. We’ll be asking where they worked, where and when they died, in which regiments they were serving and whether they have any descendants in the area. We’ll also be probing a little deeper, and opening up the subject of memorialising: who decided that this would be a workplace-based memorial, who paid for it, who decided what would be carved?
March 2016, National Slate Museum
Working for Victory - Welsh industry and the First World War
An examination of the huge impact the First World War made on Welsh industry, and the contribution of Welsh industry to Britain’s war effort.
12 October 2014 - 15 March 2015, National Waterfront Museum
A dark cloud over the woollen industry
We look at the desperation of the woollen mills for contracts to keep the mills open, and the use of Welsh national identity for recruitment. The Welsh Army Corps wanted to cloth the new army in native homespun cloth – Brethyn Llwyd. However, its use was short lived, and it was never used for active service.
September 2014, National Wool Museum
An exhibition focusing on the great painting by Christopher Williams of the Welsh Division at Mametz Wood.
National Museum Cardiff
The Horse at War
A look at Roman warhorses, and how they compare with the use of horses in the First World War.
June 2014, National Roman Legion Museum
Death at a Distance
An exploration of how weapons for long-range fighting, such as the catapulta and archery, have changed from the Romans to the First World War. What were the consequences of this form of warfare on the soldiers?
January 2015, National Roman Legion Museum
War, What is it Good For?
An exhibition considering the good and bad concepts that come out of war, and unexpected consequences, like the many discoveries made in archaeology because of the First World War.
October 2015, National Roman Legion Museum
Inventions of War
A look at how war can create innovation in wider society, for example in medicine.
May 2016, National Roman Legion Museum
Throughout the commemoration period, we’ll be producing a series of booklets to expand on and enhance these stories.
Look out for these booklets, which will provide a beautiful and lasting memento of our commemoration of the First World War in Wales.
Our commemoration programme forms a key part of the Welsh Government’s Wales-wide programme marking the centenary, called Cymru’n Cofio – Wales Remembers 1914-1918
Cymru'n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 (www.walesremembers.org) is the official site for information on how Wales will mark the centenary of the First World War in Wales. It provides a focal point for information on the latest news, projects, events and signposting services for the programme of commemoration which will take place in Wales from 2014 to 2018.