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The Assembly Remembers

As part of our commitment to commemorating the lives of those lost during the First World War, this year's remembrance programme features a series of events and exhibitions honouring the brave soldiers at the heart of this key moment in our history.



Events and Exhibitions

CANCELLED - ​Hedd Wyn: The Man, the Myth and the Icon 

7 November, 6.00 - 8.00pm, the Senedd

​Alan Llwyd is a poet, author, historian and professor of Welsh in the Hywel Teifi Academy at Swansea University. This special lecture will commemorate the life and work of Hedd Wyn, a centenary on from his death.

Poet Hedd Wyn was tragically killed during the First World War and posthumously won the Chair at the Birkenhead National Eisteddfod in 1917. The story of the Black Chair of Birkenhead is the story of one man’s triumph over tragedy, good defeating evil and creativity overcoming negativity and destruction. In his lecture, Alan Llwyd, an authority on Hedd Wyn and his work, will explore the man, the myth and the icon.​

Admission to the lecture is free, please contact the booking line on 0300 200 6565 or email​.

Welsh Heroes & Campaigns of WW1 

1-8 November

Location: Futures Gallery – Pierhead

Welsh Heroes & Campaigns is an educational and informative display of painted panels that tell of the bravery and sacrifice of Welsh service personnel during World War One.

These panels are designed to be educational and thought provoking, telling the stories of individuals and campaigns through artwork and the written word. ​

Woodland Trust - Welsh Cob 

6-11 November

Location: Neuadd – the Senedd

This exhibition commemorates the role that Wales played in the First World War, highlighting the importance of woods and trees in the story. In particular, the exhibition focuses on the role of the Welsh War Horse – the Welsh Cob.

Y Gorchudd Llwch ('The Dust Sheet') 

3 November - 1 December

Location: Oriel – the Senedd​

This special piece of art commemorates the life of poet Hedd Wyn who posthumously received the Chair at the National Eisteddfod held at Birkenhead in 1917. Artist Christine Mills gathered wool from Trawsfynydd and water from the well at Ysgwrn, the poet's home, to form create the sculptural felt.

The artist intends this to be a reminder that those who sit in power must be called to account by those who placed them there.


WW1 Commemorative Quilts

5-17 November

Location: Oriel – the Senedd​

An exhibition of small quilts made by members of the Vale of Glamorgan Cutting Edge textile group to commemorate the First World War.

Y Gadair Ddu 

6 November – 1 December 2017

Location: Oriel – the Senedd​

Y Gadair Ddu (The Black Chair) is one of the most iconic pieces of furniture in Wales. This superb example of early 20th century furniture, with its ornate carvings reflecting Christian, Greek and Celtic symbols, would be notable in its own right. However, its personal story is associated with one of the most poignant histories of the First World War.

Flemish Parliament Chair Gift

9 November onwards

Location: Neuadd - the Senedd​

On 9 November, the Senedd will be presented with a special gift from the Flemish Parliament to mark the shared history of Wales and Flanders during the First World War.

The chair is inspired by the Eisteddfod chair presented posthumously to Hedd Wyn during the 1917 Eisteddfod in Birkenhead, a few weeks after Hedd Wyn was killed in Flanders during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele).

Hedd Wyn's chair was manufactured by Eugeen Vanfleteren, a furniture maker from Mechelen, Flanders, who had sought refuge in the north west of England during the First World War. It is fitting, therefore, that the chair to be presented to the people of Wales has been manufactured by students of Thomas More University College in Mechelen.

WW1 Commemorative Quilts

5 January - 5 February 2018

Location: Futures Gallery - Pierhead​

Over 130 Monmouthshire school pupils from five different schools took part in this project to produce twos​ quilt to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The scheme was funded through the Young Arts Programme of Monmouthshire Decorative and the Fine Arts Society, with a partial grant award from the Patricia Fay Memorial Fund from Parent Society, 'The Arts Society'.

Each school was given specific research themes that were taught alongside textile techniques. This was done to educate the schoolchildren on the history of the First World War through art and history, focusing on areas such as the role of nurses during the First World War, the part animals played, Welsh war poets, life in the trenches, going 'over the top, couture poppies, as well as learning about the 3rd Monmouthshire Regiment.

​'Steel Remembered'

15 - 26 January

Location: Oriel – the Senedd​

First World War 'Steel Remembered' showcases the work of a two-year community project by Linc-Cymru Housing Association (funded by HLF Wales). It has involved researching the lives of men who are listed on the Orb Steel Works First World War Memorial, the role of the works during that time and a look at those who returned. The exhibition will be interactive and will be accessible for all as it uncovers an important part of history and heritage to the wider public as we commemorate the centenary of the First Word War.

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