The ‘Never Forget Your Welsh Heroes’ team had a successful roadshow in the Senedd building last week (20th September). It took place on a Tuesday - which is one of the days when all the AMs convene in the central debating chamber – so we were fortunate to have some Assembly Members coming by and offering their support as well as members of the public. Hannah Blythyn, Labour AM for Delyn, brought a letter for the team that her great-great-uncle Private James Brockley had written home while serving in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Sadly, Brockley was killed in 1915 while fighting in the Gallipoli campaign. We also had AMs Nathan Gill from UKIP and Darren Millar from the Welsh Conservatives expressing interest in the project and talking to our team.
Another highlight was having the pupils from Gwernyfed High School, who had produced our promotional film earlier this year, visiting the Senedd and seeing their film beamed up on the display screens! We had an interesting variety of other visitors, including a small group from Timbuktu in Mali! They were part of a delegation involved in the Hay-on-Wye – Timbuktu Twinning Project, who happened to be having a tour of the Senedd that day!
We had set out some of the latest diary and letter extracts that we had transcribed from multiple theatres of WWI - including France, Gallipoli and Aden (Yemen) – which were well received by visitors and the Gwernyfed pupils. We were able to establish a number of new contacts and broaden our network, getting our message out to many more people, and receiving positive and encouraging comments in our visitors’ book; all in all, a great success! Many thanks to the Senedd staff for having us, including Simon the events officer, and everyone else who made us feel very welcome. We look forward to our next roadshow, the details of which we will be publishing in due course.