MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay was delighted to be among the guests at an event “First World War: then and now”, organised by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and held at The Senedd on Tuesday.
It was in May 2013 that the HLF launched “First World War: then and now”, a new grants programme to help communities across the UK mark the centenary of the First World War.
Due to its success, in July 2015 HLF announced that an additional £4m would be allocated to the grants programmes to enable local communities to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War as well as encouraging groups thinking about projects and stories around the Battle of the Somme to consider applying for lottery funding.
Speaking after the event, Mr Ramsay said:
“It was fascinating to meet people involved in the various projects funded by the HLF and to learn more about the projects themselves. These included a project in my Monmouth constituency entitled “Women in World War I: The Welsh Experience”, which marks the centenary of 1915, the year when women were first actively encouraged to undertake work traditionally performed by men, and uncovers hidden histories and memoirs passed down through the generations.
“I am delighted that this programme has been so successful – it’s a great way of bringing to life past experiences for present and future generations.”