Public domain image from the Bibliotheque National (gallica.bnf.fr)

Public domain image from the Bibliotheque National (gallica.bnf.fr)


Young people across Cardiff will be exploring the history and heritage of the city during the First World War (WWI) after winning a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Voluntary Community Service (VCS) Cymru has received £9400 to stage Straeon o’r Ffrynt Cartref: Stories from the Home Front to highlight and share stories about charities’ work in Cardiff during WWI.

Richard Bellamy, Head of HLF in Wales, said “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.”

Stories runs in parallel with many other projects and events marking the centenary of WWI.

“Stories from The Home Front’ will provide a glimpse of life in Cardiff throughout WWI…”

VCS Cymru provides volunteering opportunities in Cardiff, and ‘Stories from The Home Front’ will provide a glimpse of life in Cardiff throughout WWI through a series of open days with family activities and exhibitions for the public. Volunteers will begin work in early 2017 and will work in collaboration with Kids in Museums, The Fusion Program, and Communities First clusters in Cardiff to address issues of poverty and digital inclusion through arts, culture, and heritage.

Stories will be run by youth volunteers who will conduct their own investigative research into the tradition and culture of charity work and community building during the war years.

Young people will also have the chance to earn their Bronze Arts Award, an accreditation from Trinity College London, by producing a number of participatory arts activities, a series of short films, and other digital media to be used in the open day exhibitions to tell the stories from the home front.

Heritage materials from the project will be incorporated into digital exhibits and collections, both bespoke for the engagement events as well as those already in existence, such as The Chronicle Project, People’s Collection Wales, and the Home Front Legacy. These outputs will be available even after the events come to an end through the distribution of learning packages for local schools with ideas of how to use the material in lesson plans.

“While the war played out overseas, life at home was still tough in the UK and between the years of 1914 and 1918, the number of registered charities soared,” said Klavdija Erzen of VCS Cymru.

“Charities in Cardiff set up to raise funds for families in need, collect goods and provide housing for refugees, while people volunteered their time in hospitals, churches, and other charities around the city,” added Klavdija.

VCS Cymru will be working in partnership with the Cardiff Story Museum, Glamorgan Archives and Cardiff University Special Collections and Archives. Also partnered with the project are BRG and STAR Communities First.