Amgueddfa Cymru remembers the First World War

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Telling the story of the impact of the First World War on Wales through the national museums

The First World War had a huge impact on Wales. As part of the national commemorations for the centenary of the First World War, our seven museums are exploring its impact at home and abroad through a programme of exhibitions, events and activities.

We are looking at how and why the people of Wales responded to the call of war, the experience of living through the war at home, and those fighting and working in the arenas of war. We also look at how Wales was transformed through changing skills, attitudes and beliefs during and after the war.

We will explore different opinions about the war through our collections, to help understand why it happened, the key events and its legacy today.

You can keep up to date with information and events, and share your own memories and thoughts on the First World War on: Twitter @WalesRemembers and @AmgueddfaCymru. When posting your own messages include the hashtag #WW1.

Our Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914–1918 programme and related activities are generously supported by the Welsh Government (CyMAL), the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Armed Forces Community Covenant Fund and other donors.

All Sites

Poppies everywhere

April – October 2014

In spring 2014 hundreds of poppy seeds are being planted 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.

National Museum Cardiff

Efforts and Ideals: Prints of the First World War [Exhibition]

2 August 2014 - 4 January 2015

In 1917 the Ministry of Information commissioned a series of 66 lithographic prints to raise support for the war effort among a war-weary public. The images, by artists such as Nevinson, Kennington, Frank Brangwyn and Augustus John, illustrate the impact the war had on changing social attitudes. They cover nine themes, including the role of women.

The Welsh and the War [Exhibition]

2 August 2014 – 11 January 2015

Portraits of people – soldiers, sailors, airmen, politicians and families – whose lives were transformed by the First World War.

National Memory – Local Stories [Exhibition]

2 August 2014 – 4 January 1015

This display explores how objects from museum collections, via creative digital workshops, can help today’s young people and artists create their own response to the First World War.

Events and Activities

17 Apr 2014
11 May 2014

Big Pit National Coal Museum

Poppies for Remembrance [Exhibition]

19 July 2014 – 8 February 2015

Investigating the link between the cultural uses of poppies for remembrance and the science of biodiversity – the study of plant and animal species in the natural environment.

When Dai became Tommy [Exhibition]

14 February 2015 – 6 September 2015

A look at the personal stories of miners who went to war as tunnellers. It will draw in communities by asking their families for personal stories from all fields of war.

National Slate Museum

A Call to Remember! [Exhibition]

21 July 2014–26 June 2015

How do we remember and how should we commemorate war? From personal acts such as putting flowers on a grave or a photo on the wall to public memorials such as village cenotaphs and church services, the act of remembrance is something that touches us all. This exhibition makes an appeal across slate quarrying communities for information about how we remember the War and its influence on people’s lives.

Events and activities

Memory Days

23 July & 30 August 1pm – 3pm

In preparation for a larger exhibition in 2016 which focuses on a unique memorial to quarrymen from Dyffryn Nantlle, come and visit this exhibition and let us know how you remember and make your own poppy for rememberence

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Working for Victory – Welsh Industry and the First World War [Exhibition]

11 October 2014 - 15 March 2015

The tens of thousands of Welshmen who went to fight in Europe were supported by many thousands more who worked in essential industries, often joined by women for the first time. This display looks at what they produced, how it contributed to the war effort and the impact of the war on Welsh industry.

Events and Activities

17 May 2014
17 May 2014
30 May1 Jun 2014
19 Jul31 Aug 2014
31 Jul3 Aug 2014
27 & 28 Sep 2014

National Wool Museum

A Dark Cloud over the Woollen Industry [Exhibition]

1 July – 29 November 2014

This display explores the desperation of the woollen mills for contracts during the war to keep the mills open, and the use of Welsh national identity for recruitment. The Welsh Army Corps wanted to promote a Welsh national identity by clothing the new army in native homespun cloth – Brethyn Llwyd. It was short-lived and never used for active service..

National Roman Legion Museum

Equus- the Horse at War [Exhibition]

27 June 2014 – 30 January 2015

A look at how the Romans used the horse in war. This follows the Wales Millennium Centre’s performance of War Horse and the recent discovery of a horse’s head armour, called a ‘chamfron’, at Priory Field excavations at Caerleon

Pain and Passion – the Opium Poppy [Exhibition]

1 July – 16 October 2014

A display telling the story of the poppy in Roman times and how it is linked to the First World War. Poppies will be growing in the National Roman Legion Museum garden..

Death at a Distance [Exhibition]

31 January 2015 – 15 October 2016

How weapons for long-range fighting such as the catapulta and archery have changed from the Romans to the First World War. This exhibition also examines the consequences of this form of warfare on the soldiers who fought.

War, What is it Good For? [Exhibition]

16th October 2015 – 20th May 2016

Considers the good and bad concepts that come out of war.

Events and Activities

12 & 13 Jul 2014

St Fagans National History Museum

A series of talks and tours using objects from the collection to reveal personal experiences of the war and different perspectives on the period.

Events and activities

Health and Healing: St Fagans Castle and the First World War

28 August 2014. St. Fagans Castle 2:00 – 3:00pm (English). 3:00 – 4:00pm (Welsh)

Discover the hidden history of St Fagans Castle during the First World War.
Meet outside the Castle. Max 15. Booking essential. (029) 2057 3424

Postcards, telegrams and letters: Communication during the First World War

18 September 2014. St Fagans Library 2:00 – 3:00pm (English). 3:00 – 4:00pm (Welsh)

An opportunity to view the Museum’s collection of First World War archives. Max 10. Booking essential (029) 2057 3424

Remembrance Service

8 November 2014, Newbridge War Memorial 10.50am

Annual service to remember the fallen, at the Newbridge War Memorial outside Oakdale Workmen’s Institute..

Click here to visit the Newbridge War Memorial website.

First World War digital database launch and open day.

8 November 2014, Oakdale Workmen’s Institute 12-2pm

Join the curators for the launch of our online database of objects, archives and photographs relating to the First World War. This online resource will contribute to the lasting digital legacy of the commemoration. The work is supported by the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Scheme.

Disability History Month: War and Impairment.

4 December 2014 2-3pm English 3-4pm Welsh

Explore objects that reveal the psychological and physical impact of the First World War on the health of Welsh soldiers. Booking required: (029) 2057 3424.

 

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 

Wales Remembers logo

 

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.

  • National Museum Cardiff

    National Museum Cardiff

    Discover art, natural history and geology. With a busy programme of exhibitions and events, we have something to amaze everyone, whatever your interest – and admission is free!

  • St Fagans National History Museum

    St Fagans

    St Fagans is one of Europe's foremost open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction.

  • Big Pit National Coal Museum

    Big Pit

    Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out.

  • National Wool Museum

    National Wool Museum

    Located in the historic former Cambrian Mills, the Museum is a special place with a spellbinding story to tell.

  • National Roman Legion Museum

    National Roman Legion Museum

    In AD 75, the Romans built a fortress at Caerleon that would guard the region for over 200 years. Today at the National Roman Legion Museum you can learn what made the Romans a formidable force and how life wouldn't be the same without them.

  • National Slate Museum

    National Slate Museum

    The National Slate Museum offers a day full of enjoyment and education in a dramatically beautiful landscape on the shores of Llyn Padarn.

  • National Waterfront Museum

    National Waterfront Museum

    The National Waterfront Museum at Swansea tells the story of industry and innovation in Wales, now and over the last 300 years.

  • Rhagor: Explore our collections

    Rhagor (Welsh for ‘more’) offers unprecedented access to the amazing stories that lie behind our collections.