What do you know?
Do you or your family have any information about what
people at home did to support the War? We particularly
want to find locations where things happened: which land
was used for allotments in the War, where were the first
WI meetings held? See the WWI
Sites page for examples of the sort
of sites we are looking at.
The aim of this project is to allow us all to better understand
the legacy of the First World War and to enhance the Historic
Environment Record (HER). This is a database of the known
archaeological and historical features within each Welsh
Trust area, which underpins every aspect of the Trusts'
work (go to www.archwilio.org to
see the sites currently on the HERs). Only those features
recorded on the HER can be protected through the provision
of accurate advice so your input is really important. We
also want to find out if enough remains survive on important
sites to make them worthy of legal protection by Cadw.
To achieve both these aims we need to know the exact location
of relevant sites and whether there is anything to see
on the ground (for example we want to know if: buildings
are still standing, or if foundations are visible. Are
there concrete remains lying about?). We also want to know
about the history of the site.
If you have any old documents, photographs or old postcards
relating to a site we would be very grateful if you were
able to send us a copy. Even better if you are willing
to give us permission to make the information and pictures
public on our website, through the Historic Environment
Record and through our new searchable image library, your
picture will be made available for everyone to see. People
studying local history or just interested in their area
will be able to find and learn from these images that your
family have preserved, so you will be actively contributing
What should you do?
If you have any pictures or information
that you think might be of interest to us, please send
copies either by email to WWI@heneb.co.uk or by post to:
WWI, Gwynedd Archaeological Trust, Craig Beuno, Garth Road,
Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2RT.
Make sure you include a grid reference
(from a map, GPS or mobile phone - please let us know how
you got it). If you need help with reading a grid reference
please go to:
If a grid reference is not possible please describe the
location of the site as well as possible, including perhaps
an address with post code, road names, house names or mark
it on a copy of a map.
Include your story about the site, who is connected to
it, and when they were there.
What is the site like now? Has it been destroyed, are
there buildings that have been reused, are there remains
still on the ground?
Include permission for us to use your images if you are
willing and able to do so. Please ensure that you are not
supplying copyrighted material.
Include some way for us to contact you if we have any
questions (a phone number or email address will be enough).
Home Front Legacy
You can also join in with a UK-wide initiative to record
information online, if you are unable to attend one of
our roadshows or get the information to us. The Home Front
Legacy project was developed in collaboration with Historic
Environment Records across the UK and has useful information
about the sort of detail we are interested in for our records
too. Go to http://www.homefrontlegacy.org.uk/wp/ for
more information. Data submitted to the Home Front Legacy
Project will be accessioned to the HER in due course.