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WWII memories shared in Clydach heritage project

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

By Nino Williams / nino.williams@swwmedia.co.uk / @ninominoli

Hazel Gills, left, holding a 1951 photograph  of herself and her mother  Eunice. Also pictured is committee member  Jean Round. Right, Trebanos Infants School, St David's Day, 1959;

Hazel Gills, left, holding a 1951 photograph of herself and her mother Eunice. Also pictured is committee member Jean Round. Right, Trebanos Infants School, St David's Day, 1959;

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MEMORIES of Clydach during the Second World War can now be recalled at the town's heritage centre - thanks to a lottery-funded project.

The project, called All Our Yesterdays, was made possible thanks to a £6,500 grant, which enabled the heritage centre's committee to investigate life in the town during wartime and the 1950s.

They did so by inviting residents to be interviewed and recorded, which were then transcribed.

Jean Round, a member of the heritage centre's committee said: "The outcome has been a fascinating insight into how life was then for the people of Clydach. Visitors to the centre will be able to view videos and listen to recorded interviews."

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The project was supported by Swansea University and the Connected Communities programme, and also saw a postgraduate student research the history of Coed Gwilym Park, where the heritage centre is situated. Local schools will be given educational packs to use as teaching aids, giving a local perspective to historical studies.

Jennifer Stewart, head of the heritage lottery fund in Wales said: "We were delighted to support this project as it provides a great opportunity for communities to get together to learn, and share, and understand each other. They are also very revealing about our history as they uncover information historians may not otherwise get to."

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