The First World War

These resources were produced as part of a joint project led by The National Library of Wales and Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales to commemorate the centenary of the First World War in Wales. Original items from the period from the collections of both institutions were used to create bilingual teaching resources. The resources recount the history of the First World War from a Welsh perspective using primary and secondary materials sourced mainly from Wales.

35 packs about the War on Hwb

Cymru 1914

This project has conducted mass digitization of primary sources relating to the First World War from the Libraries, Special Collections and Archives of Wales.

Cymru 1914 website

Welsh Newspapers Online

Welsh Newspapers Online is a free online resource from the National Library of Wales where you can discover millions of articles from the Library’s rich collection of historical newspapers.

First World War maps

The Library has a large collection of maps relating to the First World War, including maps showing the political situation on the eve of the War, military and civilian maps showing the changing frontlines during the War and maps showing the changes to national boundaries which came as a result of the War.

View the First World War maps

'Yr Arwr', Hedd Wyn

Here we have a manuscript of the ode ‘Yr Arwr’ (The Hero) in the hand of the bard Hedd Wyn (Ellis Humphrey Evans, 1887-1917) which won him the chair at the Birkenhead National Eisteddfod following his death in 1917.

'Yr Arwr', Hedd Wyn

Aberystwyth Tribunal Papers

The records from the majority of tribunal cases in Britain were destroyed after the First World War, therefore The National Library of Wales is home to this very rare resource.  Here are the cases of 10 individuals who had applied not to have to go to war from the Aberystwyth area.  5 of these individuals are conscientious objectors.

View the tribunal papers

Morse Code Hangman

A game that uses the hangman idea to present information about The First World War and how morse code was used to communicate during the war

Play Morse Code Hangman

Maps of Europe

An exercise that uses HTML5 technology to allow users to compare two maps of Europe and see the changes in European borders following the Versailles Agreement.

View the interactive map of Europe