THE National Library of Wales has received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards its Unlocking the Hidden History of the Great War project.
Awarded through the HLF First World War: Then and Now programme, the project will focus on the Cardiganshire Great War Tribunals Records, the tribunals that dealt with appeals against conscription to the armed forces (on personal, economic, moral or religious grounds).
In 1921, the Government ordered that all tribunal records should be destroyed; nevertheless the Cardiganshire minutes survived. Now the archive is completely unique in Wales, and one of the few of its kind that exists in the United Kingdom.
To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, the ‘Unlocking the Hidden History of the Great War’ project enables volunteers across Wales to use the online resource, recently developed by NLW, to transcribe and index the records so that they can search by name, address, date etc. The final resource will be available on the NLW website to researchers, family historians and anyone interested in the heritage of the Great War, and on the education website ‘Hwb’ for schools and colleges.
The financial support from HLF enables staff and NLW volunteers to visit communities and local societies in Ceredigion to share the history of the records and to provide training on how to use the online resource, encouraging groups to work together to provide practical support and to socialise. There will also be an opportunity during the information sessions to share and record local oral histories of the First World War.
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