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Welsh Voices of the Great War Online

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Postcard, sent to a Welsh soldier in 1915, in which German soldiers are seen quaking in their boots, saying "For gootness sake go back! Here kom der WELSH"

Postcard, sent to a Welsh soldier in 1915, in which German soldiers are seen quaking in their boots, saying "For gootness sake go back! Here kom der WELSH"

The ‘Welsh Voices of the Great War Online’ project ran from the summer of 2010 to early 2011, gathering material from the Welsh public related to the First World War. The public shared an enormous amount of valuable and interesting material: written material, such as contemporary letters and diaries; visual material, such as photographs and sketches; and physical memorabilia, which includes everything from decorated items brought home from places such as Mesopotamia to German weapons picked up on the field of battle.

This material has been catalogued, and made available via the People’s Collection Wales.  Below is a (large) pdf file giving an overview of the titles and descriptions of all the items collected, to aid researchers in locating material:


To see the items on the People's Collection Wales website, click on one of the links below:

Items contributed at the Aberystwyth roadshow

Items contributed at the Blaenavon roadshow

Items contributed at the Llanberis roadshow

Items contributed at the Newport roadshow

Items contributed at the St Fagans roadshow

Items contributed at the Swansea roadshow

Items contributed at the Wrexham roadshow

Items contributed online, or at other venues

To read the articles written by historians putting the material into context, click here.

To see examples of some of the personal stories contributed to the project, click here.

For the resources generated by the project, such as advice on how best to conserve valuable old material that is in your possession, click here.

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Welsh Voices of the Great War Online was organised by the Department of History & Welsh History at the School of History, Archaeology & Religion at Cardiff University and was funded by JISC, the UK body which provides world-class leadership in the innovative use of ICT to support education and research.