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.
Click here to meet the team
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, 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:
Former Chairs: Alun Morgan and Catrin Stevens
Treasurer: Dr Stuart Broomfield