THE HISTORY OF WHSI
Our aim is to encourage young people in schools in Wales to take a greater interest in their heritage and the contribution made to it by their families and communities. The Initiative holds an annual competition for heritage projects in schools in Wales.
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The Initiative was launched in 1990 under the auspices of the Institute of Welsh Affairs at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. It was the brainchild of Lady Trotman Dickenson who became the first Chairperson of the organisation and has been closely involved ever since. She was followed as Chairperson by prominent historian of Wales, Professor Chris Williams, freelance journalist Carolyn Hitt, historian and author Catrin Stevens, and retired HMI (Estyn) Alun Morgan. The new Chairperson is Angharad Williams, former RCAHMW’s Public Engagement Manager and former headteacher.
A message of support from HRH The Prince of Wales
"I believe that it is vitally important to encourage young people in primary and secondary schools to appreciate the heritage of Wales, to help to conserve it and to contribute, themselves, to the creation of the kind of heritage that future generations may appreciate and enjoy.
I was, therefore, delighted to hear about the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative, which will challenge young people to undertake heritage projects that establish links between schools, families, communities, local organisations and industries.
Heritage is not just a relic of the past. It evolves and involves the continuation of activities of people at their place of education, employment and workshop; in the fields of arts, entertainment and sport and in the pursuit of their hobbies. An awareness of heritage can create an awareness of community and, for young people looking to the future, what could be more appropriate than an understanding of their past."
HRH The Prince of Wales
The competition would not have taken place and continued without the support of sponsors. Throughout the 30 years Hodge Foundation has been a major sponsor and in recent years there has been significant support from Admiral Group plc. (Moondance Foundation).
Valuable support has been received from a range of other sponsors – St. Fagans National History Museum, CADW, the People’s Collection Wales, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, the National Library of Wales, Media Wales, the Welsh Rugby Union, University of South Wales, Women’s Archive Wales, Into Film and In Character plus a number of county and local history societies and generous individuals.
In recent years WHSI has been a member of EUSTORY, a network of countries in Europe that organise heritage/history competitions. The winners of the WHSI EUSTORY prize are invited to attend a conference with other EUSTORY contestants, sponsored by the Körber Foundation of Germany.
MEET THE TEAM
TRUSTEES & ADMINSTRATION
The Trustees are assisted by a Committee, which includes people from a range of educational institutions in Wales and representatives from museums and businesses. Together with representatives of the sponsors, they act as judges of the competition.
There are three trustees who meet regularly and administer the Initiative on a day-to-day basis:
Executive Chairperson: Angharad Williams and Schools Liaison Secretary: Alison Denton
Treasurer: Dr Stuart Broomfield
Honorary Life President: Lady Trotman-Dickenson MBE
Honorary Life Vice President: David Maddox OBE
Chairperson: Angharad Williams - Former Public Engagement Manager, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
Publications co-ordinator: Dr. Stuart Broomfield - Former Education Adviser
Schools Liaison Secretary: Alison Denton Former head of history and current WJEC Examiner for History and Politics
Secretary: Gareth Wyn Jones Retired HMI
Press Officer: Jeanne Evans - Former Deputy Headteacher, St. Cenydd Comprehensive, Caerphilly.
Committee Members 2021-22
Geraint Bevan Consortium System Leader (ERW) (Rtd)
Alun Morgan HMI, Estyn (Rtd.)
Catrin Stevens Former Head of History, Trinity College Carmarthen
Dr Elin Jones Education Consultant
Ann Dorsett Museum Officer (Rtd)
Nia Williams Director of Learning and Engagement, Museums Wales
Martin Williams Assistant Head, King Henry V111 School, Abergavenny
Gill Foley Former Primary school, Deputy Headteacher
Clive Thomas Former Primary School, Headteacher
Jan Dennis Former Primary School Teacher Cwmlai Primary School
Nia M. Davies BBC Cymru Wales
Carole Bryan Jones Former Head of History and currently teaching at St. John’s College, Cardiff
Eleri Evans Head of Learning and Interpretation, National Museum of Wales.
Hefin Matthias Former Headteacher, Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni
Dr Huw Griffiths AoLE Development Lead (ERW)
Pete Strong Former-Head of History at Caldicot School and local historian
Scott Harper Former Headteacher
Ben Price Learning, Participation and Interpretation Officer at Big Pit National Coal Museum
Rhodri Morgan Education Service Manager, National Library of Wales
David Thomas Head of Public Services, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.
J. Iorwerth Davies Former Asst. Director of Education, Mid Glam.