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Life on the Western Front

Interactive iBook about life on the Western Front during the First World War. Follow the links to images found in the book from the National Library and National Museum Wales' collections, and objects from the Museum's collection.

This is an iBook created in collaboration by the National Library of Wales and National Museum Wales, discussing Welsh soldiers' lives on the Western Front during the First World War.

The iBook is for use by your students. Download the iBook for iOS devices, or the PDF for Windows and other programmes.

Follow the quick links to see examples of First World War items, and images of some of the objects featured in the iBook.

 

Digital tasks to do in the classroom

 

Postcards: Your students can create and upload postcards inspired by those sent by Welsh soldiers on to the People's Collection website. They can create a collection or tell us more by creating a story.

 

Objects and images: Put a collection together of items to create an online digital exhibition of striking images and objects.

 

 

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Counting Heads

Who were the Victorians of Swansea? How can we find out about the people who lived and worked in Swansea Town in the middle of the 19th century?

Was Swansea a smart progressive Victorian seaside resort with the latest transport connections or a smoke-filled overcrowded industrial town with slums, docks, cholera and bad drains? Or something in between?


This enquiry uses the 1851 Census together with maps, photographs, paintings, newspapers, advertisements and trade directories. This Learning Activity is one of a series which link with school workshops at the National Waterfront Museum and Swansea Museum and uses archives and sources from the West Glamorgan Archive Service and Swansea Library

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Pickets, Police and Politics

A four lesson plan for secondary schools explaining the background, events and aftermath of the Miners’ Strike of 1984-85

The coal industry underwent great changes following nationalisation in 1947, with considerable investment and the introduction of new equipment and mining techniques introduced. Until the mid-1950s, levels of employment and production remained steady. But with the decline in demand for coal and the challenge from Middle East oil, 50 collieries were closed in Wales between 1957 and 1964. There were two major strikes in the 1970s. The miners won in a strike over pay in 1972. Then in 1974, the then Prime Minister Ted Heath called a snap general election and lost. In the 1980s, the coal industry in Britain was one of the safest and most efficient in the world. However, Margaret Thatcher’s conservative government wanted to slim down what they regarded as unprofitable industries, and many formerly state run industries were privatised. Many pits now faced closure. At the same time, the government wanted to weaken the power of trade unions, putting them on a collision course with the National union of Mineworkers (NUM). The recession of the late 1970s and early 1980s had also damaged other Welsh industries. Therefore, unemployment in South Wales was already over 13%, much higher than the UK average. As a result, many miners and their families felt they had no choice but to fight for the right to work and the future of their communities. Download the pack above to use as a teaching guide to explore the miner’s Strike of 1984-5, or explore the items in the quick links to create your own collection or story.

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Oral History Recording relating to Llanfyllin Workhouse

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Oral History Recording relating to Llanfyllin Workhouse
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Oral History Recording relating to Llanfyllin Workhouse

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Oral History Recording relating to Llanfyllin Workhouse
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Oral history recording relating to Llanfyllin Workhouse

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Oral history recording relating to Llanfyllin Workhouse
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Letter to Thomas Benbow Phillips from Mrs Suzannah Phillips, 30 July, 1874

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Letter to Thomas Benbow Phillips from Mrs Suzannah Phillips, 30 July, 1874
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Letter to Thomas Benbow Phillips from Michael D. Jones, 12 March, 1867

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Letter to Thomas Benbow Phillips from Michael D. Jones, 12 March, 1867
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Newspaper article, 100 years since the birth of Y Wladfa

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Newspaper article, 100 years since the birth of Y Wladfa
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Newspaper clipping 1965 July 01

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Newspaper clipping 1965 July 01

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