Call to help preserve First World War history

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PEOPLE across Gwent are being urged to play their part in a campaign aimed at preserving First World War places and ensure their place in history.

This week sees the start of Home Front Legacy 1914-18, a campaign on which the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), Cadw, English Heritage, Historic Scotland, and partners across the UK are working together to record the physical remains of the war on home territory.

It will bring together existing records and archives and people’s local knowledge to fill in the gaps and, for the first time, properly record the remains of the war that are still all around us today.

Now, Cadw, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and the Welsh Archaeological Trusts are calling on volunteers from across Wales to step forward to help research, identify and record landscapes, buildings and structures that played a key role during the conflict.

Culture Minister and Newport East AM John Griffiths said: “The Home Front Legacy 1914-18 is a really good and worthwhile project. The First World War, and the part that Britain and the Commonwealth played in it, changed the course of history. Discovering, preserving and identifying for the public, sites and buildings from that era will help bring that part of our national history alive for generations to come.”

Sign up on the Council for British Archaeology’s Home Front Legacy website to access the online recording toolkit, guidance and resources, including an app for recording sites in the field and a map and photo gallery of newly recorded sites at www.homefrontlegacy.org.uk.

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