'Who Do I Think I Was?' was a participatory arts and heritage project led by Head4Arts and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). During the project, community groups from across the South East Wales Valleys region used collections held in Gwent and Glamorgan Archives to explore First World War history from a personal perspective. Inspired by this primary resource material, participants imagined how their lives might have been affected by the conflict if they had been alive a hundred years ago. Working alongside professional artists, each group interpreted their research through an art form of their choice, including craft, creative writing, visual arts, drama and film. Participating groups included: Blaenau Gwent Rhythm and Ukes, Blaenau Gwent Senior Youth Theatre, Caerphilly Parents Network (Nant y Parc & Trethomas), Cwmbran High School, Dowlais Visual Arts Group, Merthyr Tydfil Library Service Community Writing Squad, Thornhill Craft Group (Cwmbran) and Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni. All of the creative research collected has been uploaded to our website. The produced work was also showcased in a community exhibition display in Gwent Archives between 13 – 22nd July 2016 and in Glamorgan Archives between 2nd – 12th August 2016. Produced material was additionally utilised within two subsequent Head4Arts First World War projects ('The Last Post', 2017; 'Exhibition in a Box', 2018).
Head4Arts/Celf ar y Blaen
Focus and Research
Resources used for research
Resources from Gwent Archives and Glamorgan Archives.