Welsh memories of the Second World War

Their Past Your Future is a bilingual website that commemorates The Second World War through the memories of those who lived through it. The website forms both a lasting tribute and a valuable learning resource for future generations to learn from. It contains over 1,500 high quality images, and stories that document people's experiences of wartime Wales. The images include ration books and identity cards, letters from the front line, newspaper cuttings, photographs of the forces, official documents, postcards, keepsakes and many other remarkable items.

This project originates in the touring exhibition produced by the Imperial War Museum as part of the UK-wide Their Past Your Future project. The exhibition commemorated the Second World War and explored its lasting impact on people and places. Several versions of the exhibition were produced, and toured the whole of the UK between February 2005 and March 2006. In Wales, the exhibition was developed in partnership with the National Library of Wales, which also co-ordinated its tour through Wales.

Culturenet staff accompanied the exhibition and interviewed people from across the country who had memories of life in Wales during The War. Items from their personal collections, relating to the Second World War, were then digitised. These include photographs, ration cards, government leaflets, recipes, armed forces records, letters, postcards, items of uniform and equipment and much more. Culturenet staff recorded the stories that go with the digitised items - information about people in the photograph, what it was like trying to feed a family on wartime rations, how the equipment was used (especially if there were particular memories associated with it), and stories about the person who wore the uniform - in short, how the War affected Wales and Welsh people, both those in the armed forces and those at home.

'Their Past Your Future' is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

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