Lead partner: Welsh Centre for International Affairs (WCIA)
The WCIA’s mission is to inspire learning and action on global issues. Founded in 1973 but with historical roots stretching back to the 1920s, we are a registered charity based in the Temple of Peace and Health, Cardiff. We organise regular public debates and discussions on global issues, and deliver a range of activities that support young people to become active global citizens. We also host the Wales International Development Hub and support action on international goals through the United Nations Association Wales.
The WCIA will be responsible for ensuring for the successful management and delivery of Cymru dros Heddwch / Wales for Peace. To achieve this goal, we will work closely with the following partner organisations.
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The Urdd is a dynamic movement with 50,000 members across Wales, founded in 1922 to give children and young people the chance to learn and socialise through the medium of Welsh. The Urdd also has a history of humanitarian work, and has been announcing the Message of Peace and Goodwill to the world since 1925. In this project, we will work with the Urdd to discover and share the hidden history of the Message, and to connect the words of young people in the past with views on peace and conflict today. This will include delivering engaging activities at the Urdd Eisteddfod for each year of the project.Based in the Temple of Peace alongside the WCIA, UNA Exchange offers thousands of volunteering opportunities in over 60 countries worldwide. Volunteers from Wales and overseas are supported to take part in local projects which make a real difference to their host communities. We will work with UNA Exchange to deliver one intensive 2-week project in a different community in Wales each year of Cymru dros Heddwch / Wales for Peace – enabling local groups to develop a deeper involvement with Wales’ peace heritage, and to benefit from the diverse perspectives brought by volunteers from different countries. www.unaexchange.org
Established by Royal Charter in 1907, the National Library is the legal deposit library of Wales and houses over 4 million printed volumes. It also has a substantial collection of art and multimedia resources, and recently delivered a major digitisation project of First World War materials. The Library will make a substantial in-kind contribution to this project: digitising Wales’ national Books of Remembrance for the two World Wars, and developing a user-friendly online platform that will enable anyone to help transcribe the WWI Book. The Library will also host our ‘Remembering for Peace’ exhibition, and will support the digitisation and permanent archiving of peace heritage materials as they are discovered during the project.
Funded by the Welsh Government, People’s Collection Wales is a website full of fascinating photographs, sound recordings, documents, videos and stories about the history and heritage of Wales and its people. It draws together digital collections from museums, archives and libraries, and is a place where visitors can share their own stories of Wales. Their support will help to ensure that the peace heritage discovered in our project can be shared with a wide audience, and linked to an interactive peace map of Wales. The People’s Collection will also contribute training in digitisation techniques, and will work with us to establish ‘peace heritage hubs’ in local communities with fully resourced Digital Heritage Stations.
Amgueddfa Cymru is a Welsh Government sponsored body that comprises nine museums in Wales, and whose vision is to be a world-class museum of learning. Its involvement in this project stems from the Museum’s plans to commemorate the First World War centenary, and a wish to unite the Books of Remembrance for the First and Second World Wars, held by the WCIA and the Museum respectively.
The project will see digitisation of both books and a jointly planned exhibition, ‘Remembering for Peace’, that will explore the impact of the two wars on Wales and how they led to a search for peace.
Birthplace and home of Welsh WW1 poet Hedd Wyn, Yr Ysgwrn is being developed during 2015-16 into a visitor attraction and centre for peace education in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.
Wales for Peace will be working closely with the Ysgwrn team to develop complementary learning and public outreach activities around Wales' contribution to the search for peace, in the 100 years since Hedd Wyn's tragic death in Passchendaele in 1917 - symbolic of Wales' lost generation.
The world’s first Department of International Politics was established in Aberystwyth in 1919, with founding principle that remains today: to strive for a safe and more just world order. In this project, the Department will support internships and volunteering opportunities for students in schools and community groups, and will develop postgraduate research opportunities based on the project’s themes.
David Davies Memorial Institute (DDMI)
The DDMI was founded in 1951 to commemorate the internationalist work of Lord Davies of Llandinam, and is now based in Aberystwyth. Its involvement in our project will complement the community outreach work of the Department, as well as encouraging community-based researchers to share their work through short lectures and its occasional publication, the Davies Papers.
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University is a leading research institution with 26,000 students. This project will enable the WCIA to build on existing links with several departments within the University, including Modern Languages, Social Sciences, and Politics and International Relations.
As with our Aberystwyth partnership, we will provide undergraduate and postgraduate research opportunities based on the project’s themes.
We will also benefit from the academic staff’s expertise in community collaboration and co-production of knowledge, and support student volunteers to deliver digital storytelling and other activities in local schools.
This initiative seeks to establish an Academi Heddwch Cymru / Wales Peace Institute, comparable with those in Flanders, Catalonia and elsewhere in Europe. This goal has recently been endorsed by the National Assembly for Wales, and members of the initiative have driven activities in this project to explore current views in Wales about peace and conflict. Although setting up a permanent institute is not a project goal, its members hope that such community-based research will help make the case to do so.walespeaceacademy.blogspot.co.uk/
Cymdeithas y Cymod is part of the international Fellowship of Reconciliation, a spiritually-based movement founded in 1914 in response to the horrors of war in Europe. Members commit themselves to active non-violence and working towards a just peace. Among other activities, Cymdeithas y Cymod promotes peace education in schools, and has identified the need for bilingual teaching materials on the peace-building heritage of Wales. They will therefore play a key advisory role as we deliver our Teaching and Learning Strategy in this project.
Cymru'n Cofio / Wales Remembers
Although not a formal delivery partner in the Wales for Peace project, WCIA are actively engaged with the Welsh Government’s First World War Programme Board which brings together key organisations to support the First World War centenary commemoration in Wales.