Porthcawl and the Great War Centenary weekend

02/08/2014 10:00am - 03/08/2014 5:00pm


25 John Street
CF36 3AP


Imagine Porthcawl in 1914, this event aims to take the main shopping street in Porthcawl back to 1914. With the help of local traders and a new exhibition at Porthcawl Museum. Also the Y Centre will host displays and talks by local historical societies and local schools. In addition to this, the Glamorgan Historical Society will be providing online family history research assistance.

Saturday 2 August

The Y Centre, Main Hall

Booked exhibitors to date:

  • The Western Front Association – exhibiting Great War memorabilia and artefacts
  • Barry at War – a mobile exhibition of equipment and artefacts from the Great War
  • Porthcawl Comprehensive School – research on Belgian refugees in Porthcawl during the Great War
  • Glamorgan & Gwent Archaeological Trust – providing information on their local current and planned projects
  • Nottage Scouts – Scouting during the Great War
  • Ty Ardd Reference Library – Researching local families during the Great War and digitising the Glamorgan Gazette
  • Glamorgan Family History Society – advice and information on how to research your family history (also offering on-line family history research in the IT room)
  • Porthcawl WI
  • Bridgend Historical Society –  Great War research for Bridgend
  • Porthcawl U3A
  • Garw Valley Historical Society – Great War research for Garw Valley
  • Porthcawl Library –  Books about the Great War

Documentary film shows about the Great War in the small meeting room
A variety of films will be running throughout the day.

Illustrated talks in the meeting room Y Centre. (All times subject to final confirmation)

  • 10.15 am. Porthcawl and the Great War by Ceri Joseph, Porthcawl Museum and Historical Society
  • 11.45 am. The Belgian refugees by Gemma Hammerton, Porthcawl Comprehensive School
  • 13.15 pm. The Western Front by Simon Lee, Western Front Association
  • 14.00 pm. The Sinews of War by Paul Huckfield, GGAT
  • 14.45 pm. TBA
  • 15.15 pm. The Balkans by Andrew Hemmings

The coffee lounge
Refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Porthcawl Museum

The museum will be open all day for visitors to see the new Porthcawl and the Great War exhibition which includes the trench experience, Great War time line graphics, military and home front artefacts, reference library of Porthcawl service men, the Porthcawl cannon and museum shop.

At the rear of the museum, Pencoed Amateur Radio Club will be set up and broadcasting to the world with the specially created call sign “Porthcawl and the Great War”.  They will also present Morse Code demonstrations during the day.

John Street

During the day a mixture of street theatre will be taking place, including a protest march down John Street by a group of Suffragettes and their arrest by the local constables.  The pavement in front of the museum will become a recruiting station where a Sergeant Major and his men will be encouraging the members of public to join the colours.

Other costumed characters will be on the street.

On the day

The event will be opened by Cllr Sean Aspey, Mayor of Porthcawl, at 10 am and will close at 4.30pm.

Location information

Porthcawl Museum and the Y Centre are located opposite to each other on John Street, Porthcawl.    Pay and display parking is available within walking distance at Dock Street, Mary Street and at the Portway (rear of Hillsborough Place).

Access to both buildings is from John Street.  While rear access to the Y Centre is available for exhibitors from Hillsborough Place the Y Centre, you would have stairs to climb; the John Street entrance has the benefit of a lift to its 3 floors.

All Saints Church is located on the junction of Victoria Avenue and Church Place and is a five minute walk from the Y Centre.

Porthcawl Rugby Club is located off South Road Porthcawl.

At 5.00 pm a service of reflection “1914 – a year of change” will be conducted by Father Philip Masson at All Saints Church; you are all invited to attend.

Sunday 3 August

Porthcawl Lions will be holding their Vintage Fair at Porthcawl Rugby Club and we will be working together.

At the fair vintage cars will be on display along with many other interesting stalls and exhibitions.( further details to follow).

The Porthcawl Lions would welcome any of those who will be taking part in Saturday’s events to join them on Sunday at the rugby club ground.

Should you wish to be involved and book a spot please let me know as soon as you can.

Event flyer

Supported by Town Council, YMCA, Porthcawl Lions, Royal British Legion, WI and other county history groups.

Examples of Costume hire companies

Marigold, Curran Road, Cardiff.  Telephone 02920 644664

Script to Screen, Unit J7, Colchester Industrial Estate, Colchester Avenue Cardiff. 

Telephone 02920 454222