Wales Blog Awards Winner 2014

Heritage Lottery Fund award to mark First World War Centenary

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Community website RoathCardiff.net has been awarded £9900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, Roath Remembers: rediscovering community stories from 1914-1918, in Roath, Cardiff. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus on uncovering, sharing and recording local First World War stories.

Roath RemembersTo mark the Centenary of the First World War, the project will enable local people in Roath to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who lived through the First World War. Roath Remembers will be an online hub for the stories, photographs and wartime documents of the Roath community and will be a lasting online commemoration of local people and how life was lived 100 years ago.

With help from professionals, the information gathered will be digitally recorded and an online interactive archive will be created where everyone can access and contribute information. The archive will allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and research information about how people lived in Roath during the First World War, and to remember and recognise all the contributions to the war effort, whether on the home front or abroad.

Winners of Best Community Blog at the Wales Blog Awards 2014, the RoathCardiff team – Geraldine Nichols, Matt Appleby and Nicole Rugman – will be working with Albany Primary School, Roath (which was used as a military hospital), the Roath Local History Society and The Cardiff Story museum. The team will be holding drop-in events for the public to come and tell their stories, and also to help people access their own WW1 history online.

Commenting on the award, Geraldine Nichols, of RoathCardiff.net said:

“We are very excited to be running this project and know that Roath is a gold mine of local history. Over the next four years we hope to find lots of information to help us record and commemorate the contribution of ordinary people in the community, whether in uniform or not. By working with the community and creating a digital collection of Roath’s First World War remembrances, we’re playing to the strengths of RoathCardiff.net. We are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for giving us this opportunity.”

Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales, Jennifer Stewart, said, “This grant programme marking the centenary of the First World War is extremely important to the Heritage Lottery Fund as it will help the communities of Wales to commemorate their First World War heritage. The Roath Remembers project provides opportunities for people to get involved by sharing artefacts and stories as well as learning about how it shaped the local area and its significance to local people.”

If you have any family stories, photographs, letters, or anything at all from the First world War, related to the Roath area, contact the team by email or follow them on twitter @RoathRemembers.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and the communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 36,000 projects with more than £5.9bn across the UK.

Find the Heritage Lottery Fund online here: Heritage Lottery Fund websiteHLF in Wales website; and follow them on Twitter @heritagelottery and @HLFCymru. Use the hashtag: #understandingWW1