The Great War and the Valleys

Merthyr Tydfil and the Cynon Valley




This exhibition was written by Dr Paul O’Leary who is Reader in History in the Department of History and Welsh History at Aberystwyth University. He teaches and researches the history of Wales in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is the author of Immigration and Integration: the Irish in Wales, 1798-1922 (2000) and Claiming the Streets: Processions and Urban Culture in South Wales, c.1830-1880 (2012). He is co-editor with Charlotte Williams and Neil Evans of A Tolerant Nation? Exploring Ethnic Diversity in Wales (2003).

The content for the online exhibition was selected from two Welsh digital resources. The first is the Jisc-funded digital archive, “The Welsh Experience of the First World War”, a collaboration between the libraries, archives and special collections of Wales to make available the primary sources that relate to the First World War in Wales ( Other images are taken from the People’s Collection, Wales, a website with content about the history and heritage of Wales and its people, including community-generated content (

The digital exhibition was developed by Paul McCann of the National Library of Wales Research Programme in Digital Collections, and the Humanities Research Institute at Sheffield University. The site was built using Omeka (, the open-source web-publishing platform developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University.

Adam Crymble at King’s College London Department of Digital Humanities provided the design.