Explore the Participants' Work: Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales Youth Forum

These works were created by young people in the workshops at the Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Becky, Cerys and Sian

We’re all from the same family and in our picture we’ve used images from St Fagan’s archive to put ourselves in the place of a mother and her young daughter at home during World War One. Her young son and daughter are away at war on the Western Front. We’ve included in our picture our letters to each other describing how we feel we would have felt at the time. We’ve also used an Efforts and Ideals poster of a field hospital as a background image. We’ve written our own message within our picture:

‘World War 1 has taken so many lives away. From the age of 16, the war has also taken soldiers away from their families, for example, Rebecca Evans. Her son and her daughter Sian have taken a journey in the war and now she has the worry of losing them. If it wasn’t for her youngest daughter Carys, she probably would have taken her own life away.’

Ella

This is a picture I’ve done of my great grandfather, Albert Neal, who was born in 1893. He fought on the Western Front as an Artillery and Infantryman. He was gassed while fighting yet won many medals for acts of bravery. In my picture, he is in the foreground and the trenches are in the background.

As a personal witness he may have experienced what other soldiers have experienced, especially loss. He may also remember these events, hence the quotes I’ve included, such as ‘Forget Me Not’. This will also be enough to compel the viewer to think about the horrors of World War One and remember those who have died.

Isobel

In my picture I’ve used postcards, which have been written by soldiers from the Western Front during World War One. Seeing and holding a postcard made me feel sad because it was something the soldiers had written themselves, rather than facts and figures about World War One, which is how I’ve learned about it at school. It’s made the war more personal to me now.

I’ve put words on top of the postcards to show the reality of what could have happened to the soldiers as a fact; showing the contrast between a soldier’s personal feelings and the facts and reality of World War One.

I’ve used the quote ‘We Will Remember Them’ to stress that they gave up their personal freedom for our future and I won’t forget that.

Jess M

The postcards and the pin cushion from St Fagan’s Museum have caught my imagination and attention, it’s what they say in particular, like on Ernest’s card it says; ‘Smile damn you, smile!’

My picture is 2 halves. In one half the woman is reading a letter she has received from her husband in France. On the other half is a man in hospital, he’s been shot. Today, communication is everything, I always text my friends and if I was ill I’d be in touch with my family straight away, but in World War One your family might not even receive your card or letter; it could even give you false hope.

I’ve seen that the soldiers put so much effort into communicating with their loved ones. It was the biggest thing then and it is still the biggest thing for me now.

I’ve learnt that my family might have been involved in World War One. It makes me feel proud and I want to find out more.

Jess R

My image uses two prints from the Efforts & Ideals posters to show the many different experiences and jobs undertaken by women on the Home Front during the World War One. I’ve superimposed my drawing of a poppy over these images to represent how women’s new experiences were all joined by the death and loss of men.

I want my image to communicate that alongside the pain of the downfall of young men, women were given the opportunity to gain new rights and change. Without that, I wouldn’t be here now, applying to University and being independent; ‘an everlasting experience’.

Although no one nowadays in Britain is experiencing what they had to go through, we’re all impacted by the political and social changes that were a product of World War One.

Mia

In my picture I’ve used an image of myself, standing full length next to an image of a soldier standing head to toe; two people and around it different images and artefacts that identify the soldier and show how I identify myself. Even my hair shows my identity. I can choose what colour it is, what clothes I wear and what I like. I can be an individual and use lots of different ways to express myself.

In World War One, the soldiers didn’t have the opportunity to show their individuality, they had to conform to the rules and their identity was expressed by their number and uniform. I want to be remembered as an individual and for who I am.

Don’t forget that behind every soldier is an individual. That’s my ideal, what’s yours?

Mike

My picture shows soldiers from World War One at war with their enemies. Some of the soldiers are getting killed and some of the soldiers are running. They have come out of the trenches. In the front of my picture, I’ve drawn barbed wire. Some of the soldiers get killed on the ground and some on the barbed wire and some get killed by mustard gas.

I’ve put my drawing against an old photograph from the time. When I look at my picture I feel proud that I’ve done it. It’s helped me to think about World War One.

Nieve

As a background to my image, I’ve used a postcard from World War One, which was sent by a soldier to his wife. I’ve superimposed on the postcard the exact words that have been written by the soldier, together with an image of a faceless soldier from that time. I like the way the postcard shows a more intimate and human viewpoint of the war. He’s talking about Christmas and how he’s upset that he won’t be with his family for Christmas. I hate the thought of separation. Separation really gets to me, so that makes me connect with the soldier’s experience. The faceless soldier represents all that we have left of this man and the words he has written.

In my image, I want people not only to think about the numbers of people lost during World War One, but to think about the individuals too.

Thomas

I think trains are cool. I like steam engines much more than diesels, because steam engines are never the same.

In World War One everything had to be done quickly. Narrow gauge steam trains were used because they were small and they weren’t such easy targets. They were harder to hit and the smoke didn’t rise so high.

My picture shows how important railways were to Britain during the war, bringing fuel, food and supplies. They kept the soldiers going.

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