City and County of Swansea: WW1 activities

08/03/2014 2:00pm - 18/01/2015 0:00am


Dylan Thomas Centre swansea

08/03/2014, 1pm
Theatre in Focus: Fluellen Present A.A. Milne’s The Boy Comes Home
Location: Dylan Thomas Centre

Philip returns home after four years of fighting in the Great War, with a forced maturity that belies his years. But his guardian, Uncle James, has beliefs that predate the horrors of the Somme. And, importantly, his jam company needs fresh initiative. A A Milne’s rarely performed gem is a perceptive comedy on the gap between generations. All Theatre In Focus productions are script-in-hand and are preceded by a talk about the playwright.

22/3/2014, 2pm
Catrin Collier, “The Long Road to Baghdad” Book Signing
Location: Discovery Room, Swansea Central Library
Summer 2014
Displays on the history of the First World War
Location: Swansea Central Library
WW1 Workshop with Lucy Donald
Location: Swansea Museum
Thursday 31 July, 2014
WW1 Workshop with Ruth McLeese
Location: Swansea Museum
Tuesday 22 July – Sunday 18 January 2015
Swansea and the Great War
Location: Swansea Museum, Swansea & the Great War 1914-1918 

In Gallery One 

The 28th July 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of one of the most catastrophic wars in European history. Over 60 million people were mobilised for the armed forces alone. Young men signed up to serve in their thousands from all over Britain including, of course, Swansea and South Wales.  Many of those who signed up never came home and those who did were often greatly affected by the events they witnessed.

The exhibition will focus on the stories of several Swansea individuals who were involved in the Great War. As well as the stories of the men who went to fight the exhibition will also reveal the struggles faced by women who were left behind. It will look at their contribution to the war effort and we will also explore the stories of those who conscientiously objected.

August 2014
WW1 Workshops
Location: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
Saturday 2 August, 2014, 2pm
Dr John Alban – “Belgian Refugees and Swansea’s Belgian Community”
Location: Swansea Central Library

As World War One began Britain suddenly received the largest movement of refugees in its history as 250,000 French and Belgians arrived fleeing the advancing Germans. Many refugees came to Swansea where they united with a pre-existing community of Belgian metal workers and lived in exile. Dr John Alban, Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of History at the University of East Anglia and former Norfolk County Archivist, explores the role the Belgians played in Swansea, and how they symbolised the conflict which began 100 years ago.

Saturday 2 August, 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
WW1 War Horse Puppets with Lucy Donald
Location: Swansea Museum
Thursday 7 August, 2014
WW1 Cartoon Workshop with Lucy Donald
Location: Swansea Museum
20 October – 17 November, 2014
World War 1: Remembering our Heroes
Location: West Glamorgan Archive Service

‘Remembering our Heroes’ is a brief biography of six local heroes in World War 1 (four from Swansea, one from Pontardawe and one from Port Talbot), three of whom won the Victoria Cross, two the Military Cross and one the Croix de Guerre. All of them displayed extreme acts of bravery and self-sacrifice in the course of their duties. The exhibition encourages us to consider what makes a hero and why heroes are important to us for our own self-image. This theme is reinforced by the supporting online content for the exhibition.

There is a second section called ‘World War 1: Some Things we Forgot to Remember’.

‘Some Things we Forgot to Remember’ takes a different look at the War and some of its less well known aspects. The title panel shows a British soldier alongside a soldier from the British Indian Army and this is a reminder that 43,000 Indians died in the First World War fighting for Britain and the British Empire. Other panels look at the role of women, the treatment of conscientious objectors, Belgian refugees in Swansea and the effects of the War on the Middle East. Once again supporting online content encourages the audience to delve deeper into these hidden histories.

Wednesday 22 October, 2014
Swansea WW1 book launch by Bernard Lewis
Location: West Glamorgan Archive Service
Monday, October 27 – Sunday, November 9, 2014
Dylan Thomas Festival
Location: Dylan Thomas Centre

The 17th annual Dylan Thomas Festival will feature an eclectic mixture of events and special guests. It will also include a weekend festival focusing on war poetry.

Saturday 15, November, 2014, 2pm
Swansea in The Great War, Bernard Lewis
Location: Discovery Room, First Floor, Swansea Central Library.