Understanding World War One

November 2015

On Tuesday 10th November, Head4Arts was delighted to take part in an event at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay. The event was hosted by the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales and was designed to showcase projects that have received support through the First World War Then and Now grant progamme.

Two young people who took part in the World War One: A Valleys View project in Torfaen accompanied the Head4Arts team at the event to present To My Dear Mother, an animated film that they helped to create. The film tells the story of a Welsh soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallant work.

The young people had an opportunity to share their experiences with a number of guests at the event, including other grant recipients, Assembly Members and Heritage Lottery staff. The photograph opposite shows the young people meeting Sir Peter Luff (Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund) and Richard Bellamy (Head of Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales).

Kailynn, one of the young people who attended, described the event in a recent blog post, explaining that:
“It was very nerve racking to get up on the stage in front of such important people… but it was such a brilliant feeling when others watched the film and commented on how good it was. I felt so proud of what we had achieved and would not hesitate to be involved with another project”

It was a pleasure for the Head4Arts team to accompany the young people at the event, they did a fantastic job of representing the project and talking about the things they enjoyed about it.
The event was very useful as it highlighted the range of innovative projects taking place across Wales to mark the centenary of the First World War. We would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for inviting us along.

World War One: A Valleys View is the first of a series of arts and heritage projects that Head4Arts plans to deliver over the next few years to explore World War One history.