Tag Archives: World War 1

West Glamorgan Archives WW1 event, 10 November …

You are cordially invited to an event at the West Glamorgan Archive Service to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

An Afternoon of Talks, Monday 10 November, 1-4pm

At West Glamorgan Archives, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea SA1 3SN. Find our location here

The talks:

1pm:     ‘J. M. Staniforth and the Cartooning the First World War Project’ by Rhianydd Biebrach

Cartooning the First World War is an online project which brings together all the wartime newspaper cartoons of Joseph Morewood Staniforth.

2pm:    ‘Saving our Welsh film heritage: two forgotten films from the First World War’ by Iola Baines and John Reed

This talk by staff of the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales relates to two recently rediscovered films, the Hepworth Cinema Interviews of 1916 and The Life Story of David Lloyd George of 1918.

3pm:    ‘Swansea during the Great War’ by author Bernard Lewis

Bernard Lewis’s recently-published book Swansea in the Great War looks at how the outbreak of war in 1914 impacted on Swansea. In this talk, Bernard will speak about the research he undertook for the book and his findings.

Come and see our First World War exhibitions, including a display of original items from our Swansea War Library Collection.


Conference – Ireland, Wales, and the First World War: History, Myth, and Cultural Memory

I am involved in the organisation of the above conference, which is taking place at Cardiff University early next month. There are still places left to attend the conference and we are keen to attract delegates from a wide range of institutions and organisations.

We wondered if the conference might be of interest to some your members. If so, would it be possible to circulate the information below and the attached programme to them please? There is a charge to attend the conference, but it is possible to book to attend the opening lecture for free.

Elinor Shepley
PhD Student and Postgraduate Tutor
School of English, Communication and Philosophy
Cardiff University

Ireland, Wales, and the First World War: History, Myth, and Cultural Memory

An Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by the Wales-Ireland Research Network

September 10-12, 2014, Cardiff University

2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War (1914—1918) and events are already being held to commemorate the United Kingdom’s experience of the War. Yet such commemoration is never straightforward or uncontested. The cultural memory of the lives lost in the war has itself been a continuing source of conflict and debate.

While many of the commemorative events of 2014 will focus on a centralised, British view of the war, this interdisciplinary conference will offer an opportunity to examine the war from distinctively Welsh and/or Irish perspectives, focusing attention on the ways in which cultural memories, memorials, and mythologies are constructed in contested national contexts.

We are delighted that the opening of the conference will be marked by a special guest lecture from His Excellency Dr. Daniel Mulhall, Ireland’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Dr. Mulhall will be delivering his lecture ‘Secret Scripture: Two Irish war poets, Thomas Kettle and Francis Ledwidge’ at the start of the conference on Wednesday 10th September at 5.30pm.

Entry to this lecture is free, but attendance at the conference is charged.

Keynote Speakers

* Dr Paul O’Leary (Aberystwyth University): ‘The Flower of the Dark: Joseph Keating Writes the Great War’

* Professor Sir Deian Hopkin (President, National Library of Wales): History and Myth: Remembering the First World War in Wales

* Dr Mary-Ann Constantine (Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies): ‘Robert Graves, Wales, Ireland and War’

The full programme is here – Ireland, Wales, and the First World War: History, Myth, and Cultural Memory.

For further information, to register for Dr. Mulhall’s lecture, or to book a conference place, please contact the conference organisers at: ireland-wales@cf.ac.uk

Or visit: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/encap/newsandevents/events/conferences/irelandwales/index.html

World War One in Wales digital archive launches

A £1m digital archive of material published in Wales during World War One is being launched.

The Welsh Experience of the First World War highlights newspapers, photographs, film and other items from sources including universities and BBC Wales.

The National Library of Wales project has digitised 220,000 documents, including telegrams informing people that their loved one had been killed.



National Archives WW1 Portal

‘With the approaching centenary of the First World War, there has never been a more appropriate time to research this war and the people involved. Today we are launching a dedicated First World War portal, bringing together all of The National Archives’ First World War resources in a single place.’