South East Wales

WWI Mametz Wood centenary event in Cardiff's Millennium Centre

Christopher Williams (1873-1934), The Welsh Division at Mametz Wood, 1916 Image copyright National Museum of Wales
Image caption Artist Christopher Williams (1873-1934) painted The Welsh Division at Mametz Wood, 1916

The centenary of one of the bloodiest battles fought by Welsh soldiers in World War One has been marked in Cardiff.

An event called Mametz Wood, Poetry and Song has been taking place at the Millennium Centre on Saturday.

Around 4,000 Welsh soldiers were killed or injured in the July 1916 Battle of the Somme attack on German positions.

Cardiff University researchers have explored wartime creativity such as literature, and issues like pacifism.

The Welsh National Opera also recited wartime songs and poetry on Saturday.

Other events over the coming months include a public workshop in Grangetown, lectures and film screenings

Dr Rachelle Barlow, the cultural engagement fellow at Cardiff University School of Music, said the series provided an opportunity to engage a new audience with research relating to the war.

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