This site reflects the impact that the First World War had on Wales – and the impact Wales had on the First World War. Details of how the people of Wales commemorated this important centenary through information provided by individuals, communities and organisations can be found on this website.
The Welsh Government aimed to deliver an inclusive Framework Programme with national events and exhibitions. These were accompanied by community-based activities, and educational projects and programmes. The Culture and Sport Division of Welsh Government developed the framework in consultation with the Centenary Programme Board. The Board was chaired by the First Minister’s Expert Adviser on the First World War, Professor Sir Deian Hopkin and had representatives from relevant organisations.
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Commemorative activity in Wales was developed by the Welsh Government in partnership with key organisations across Wales. The Framework Programme for the Commemoration in Wales 2014-2018 set out the Welsh Government’s vision and approach to the centenary and outlines some of the key events which took place across the commemoration period.
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The brochure was the first in a series of annual publications which detailed the First World War Centenary commemorative events which took place in Wales, and further afield if relevant to Wales. Each publication also featured in-depth articles about various commemorative events and projects.
To see the Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 Final Publication click here.
To see the Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 Programme 2018 click here
To see the Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 Programme 2017 click here
To see the Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 Programme 2016 click here.
To see the Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 Programme 2015 click here.
To see the Cymru’n Cofio Wales Remembers 1914-1918 Programme 2014 click here.
Tracing your Relatives’ Involvement in the First World War. Click here.
For sources of information about the commemoration click here.
For further information on the Welsh Government Secondary School Grants scheme visit here
For further information on Cadw’s Grants for War Memorials scheme visit here
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Why is commemoration important?
Over 15 million people died in the First World War, and another 20 million suffered injuries that often impaired the rest of their lives. In Wales few families did not have a relation killed or wounded in the conflict.
The war was an unforeseen disaster that followed a period of increasing rivalry and mistrust between nations. While its most deeply-felt impact was the loss of human life, it had other far-reaching effects. It altered the balance of power in the world with the fall of great European empires and a shift of economic power to the United States. Within Britain, too, there were significant political changes and the role of the state became more prominent in the lives of individual citizens.
The war left the countries that took part in it impoverished. At the end of the war Germany was near starvation, while Britain was almost bankrupt and never regained its pre-war assurance. In some countries extreme political movements gained power and another world war followed just over twenty years later.
The Great War started as a regional conflict but grew into a global war with almost all the nations of Europe and many countries beyond becoming involved, from the Americas to the Far East.
The sheer scale of the conflict and its enormous consequences makes it vitally important that we try to understand the causes and impact of the First World War and, during the centennial period, reflect on the great sacrifices made by individuals and communities. It is from studying such events that we may perhaps learn how they may best be avoided in future.