Steel Remembered Exhibition at the Senedd
First World War ‘Steel Remembered’ showcases the work of a 2 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 event began with a talk from the organiser Suzy Bowers. Three schools were involved and the children read the names of the fallen throughout the event. There was a mixture of choir music and songs such as ‘A Long Way to Tipperary’ and ‘Pack up your troubles’ as the audience of 400 strong (official number) sang along – some teary eyed. The display boards told the stories of the men who did not return, and seeing their faces on the wall as a collective really brought home the sacrifices that were made.
I have photographed events in the Senedd many times and this was the busiest I have seen it. There were both ITV and the BBC camera crew present, who both interviewed the family who have been reunited as a result of the project. Staff from the Firing Line Museum were dressed as soldiers and nurses of the era and brought an array of unique artefacts to share their knowledge with the many interested participants both young and old. Nigel Clubb from the Heritage Lottery Fund said a few words about the success of the project and Kirsty Williams AM, the cabinet secretary for education, gave details of funding for schools to commemorate WWI.
It was a wonderful and poignant event and it was a pleasure to both photograph and be part of it.