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WWI in Cardiff

Alongside contributing to the wider theme of commemoration of the First World War in the UK, the Commemorating World War One project enhances a continued interest of public history in Cardiff.

Welsh Soldiers
Welsh Soldiers by Muirhead Bone

Related events and resources include:

  • ‘War’s Hell!’ The Battle of Mametz Wood in Art, an exhibition at National Museum Cardiff exploring the art, poetry and writing by those who witnessed the battle first-hand and others who have since responded to it. Open 30 April to 4 September.
  • Welsh National Opera’s In Parenthesis, a new opera by Iain Bell based on the First World War epic poem by Welsh poet, writer and artist David Jones. Performances at Wales Millennium Centre on 13 May, 21 May and 3 June.
  • On the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme,BBC National Orchestra of Wales presents Somme, music by composers who fought or died in the battle and works in memory of them. Performance at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff on 1 July 2016.
  • The Welsh Centre for International Affairs (Cardiff) is working on a four-year project called Cymru dros Heddwch / Wales for Peace which aims to explore the question: in the 100 years since the First World War, how has Wales contributed to the search for peace?
  • The Firing Line Museum located within Cardiff Castle is running a project called Cardiff Remembers to preserve heritage about the First World War in Cardiff.
  • The National Museum of Wales has created a digital database of items from its First World War collections, including archives, photographs and objects.