Torfaen at War

World War One Digital Stories & Interviews


Breaking Barriers Community Arts were commissioned by Head4Arts in partnership with Torfaen County Borough Council’s Heritage Team on the Torfaen at War project which received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.   We worked throughout the county to collect and record family memories, stories and responses related to the First World War.

We traveled around Torfaen in our World War One themed van which we used as a mobile digital-storytelling studio.

The van was cleverly disguised as a World War One dugout – the design was created by the talented team at Malarky Arts.  As well as using the van to visit specific groups such as residential homes and the cadets, we also parked in public spaces in order to generate interest from members of the general public.

The van contained a number of artifacts that were used to trigger memories, stimulate conversation and provide further insight into life at the trenches.   The public were invited to share their stories and to bring family photographs and heirlooms connected to the era along with them to find out more about their origins.  Those without knowledge of their family connections to the First World War were also encouraged to take part by recording their thoughts and feelings about the conflict.

The stories collected were collated into a DVD which has been included in the Torfaen at War exhibition which is currently being displayed at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre.

Torfaen at War Digital Stories

Alan Terry

Alun Miles

Betty Price

Brian Day

Carol Lewis

Douglas Henry Samsom

Edith Cobner

Glanville Oakey

Margary Gunter

Torfaen Navy Cadets – Postcards from the Western Front

Torfaen Army Cadet Force

Rosie’s Letter – Joan Nash

Phylis Jones

Torfaen at War Exhibition

Links to other sources of information about the Torfaen at War Project

BBC Article: Torfaens only female casualty is commemorated

Head for Arts article about the project

World War One Events in Torfaen

World War One Exhibition

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