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National Museum Wales Officially Re-Pledge Support to the Armed Forces Community

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Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales has officially pledged its support to past and present Service Personnel by resigning the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Welsh Government sponsored body is family of seven museums located throughout the country. It is also part of a wider of network of 1,000 employers across the United Kingdom to pledge their support to the Armed Forces.

They recently signed the paperwork to officially finalise their commitment to the Armed Forces community alongside senior service representatives in Wales at a special ceremony held in National Museum Cardiff.

Lieutenant Colonel Ged Murphy, Commanding Officer of Third Battalion The Royal Welsh, said:

“We’re proud to have National Museum Wales in the network of employers who have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. We are grateful for the support they provide to the Defence community through the employment of Reservists and other initiatives such as the Public History Armed Forces Project.

“The Armed Forces Covenant can be signed by businesses of all sizes, charitable organisations, local authorities and public sector organisations. It focuses on helping members of the Armed Forces community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.

“The signatories come from a wide spectrum of sectors and they are united in promising that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly, mindful of the moral obligation that the nation has to its service people.”

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund grant has supported Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales’ First World War collections, an online catalogue to provide the public with digital access to a rich resource. Click here to learn more.

Mr David Anderson OBE, Director General of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, said:

“Amgueddfa Cymru is continuing its commitment to supporting the Armed Forces Community.  We recognise the value that the serving personnel, veterans and families contribute to the community and to Amgueddfa Cymru.

“The Armed Forces Community Covenant grant has helped support our work at St Fagans National Museum of History. The aim of The Public History of the Armed Forces in Wales project at St Fagans is to increase awareness of the role of the armed forces within Welsh communities, past and present and to recognise the sacrifices faced by the Armed Forces community.

“The stories from both the distant past and recent conflicts that have been collected at St Fagans are some of the most moving I have ever seen. Now they will be preserved for future generations in Wales to discover, so that they too can understand.”

Throughout 2018, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales has reflected on the conclusion of the First World War with numerous exhibitions. Poppies for Remembrance will be on display at the National Museum Cardiff from 21 July 2018 to 3 March 2019 to explore how the poppy became the symbol for remembrance.

There will be further exhibitions across the family of museums, which includes; St Fagans Museum of History, National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenafon, National Slate Museum in Llanberis and National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon and National Wool Museum in Carmarthenshire.

You can keep up to date with information and events, and share your own memories and thoughts on the First World War on: Twitter @WalesRemembers and @AmgueddfaCymru.

Interested in signing the Armed Forces Covenant? The Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales can assist you. Click here to learn more.