• Community Heritage

    Stories/Straeon

Take a glimpse into life in Cardiff throughout the Great War, where volunteers played an important role in keeping the city alive.

Today, young volunteers are working in collaboration with Kids in Museums, the Fusion Program and Communities First, developing new skills and rediscovering the stories that shaped the city we live in today.

About

Focusing on activity between 1914 until 1920, in Cardiff and surrounding areas, Stories/Straeon is hoping to uncover the untold stories from the Home Front that helped Cardiff during WWI.

Stories/Straeon has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to support our volunteers who are trawling archives and recording new material, documenting the implications of WWI on the people of Cardiff, with a focus on charities and the charity work that took place during this period.

Charities played an important role in relieving wartime distress and supporting communities across the city in the aftermath. Stories/Straeon hopes to uncover and celebrate these efforts, preserving them for future generations.

Did you know?
Between 1916 and 1920, over 11,000 charities were registered in Great Britain, with many of these in Wales.

These charities included the Cardiff Wounded Soldiers Extra Comfort for Christmas, Prisoners of War Fund, and the Welsh National Hospital.

 

The impact of the First World War was far reaching, from the front line to the home front. Since April 2010, the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded over £5.5million to more than 90 projects – large and small – that are marking this global Centenary; our small grants programme enables communities like those involved in Stories from the Home Front to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.

– Richard Bellamy, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Wales

 

Digitising History

Volunteers are gaining new skills in digital preservation through Stories/Straeon, supporting a new generation of history hunters.

Each of our young volunteers has the chance to earn a Bronze Arts Award from Trinity College London, through their work, that will eventually be housed as part of the People’s Collection Wales.

Through training and peer mentoring, our volunteers are gaining hands-on experience of working with archive material developing new skills and retelling the stories of history for future generations, in new ways.

Contact

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Phone

+44 (0)29 2132 2627

E-mail
info@vcscymru.org.uk

Address
5-6 Hayes Building,
Curran Road,
Cardiff/CF10 5DF

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