Our History

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 and freelance journalist Carolyn Hitt. The Chairperson is now the writer and broadcaster, Catrin Stevens.

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Lady Trotman-Dickenson

Chris Williams

Carolyn Hitt

 

The competition would not have taken place and continued without the support of sponsors. Throughout the 25 years Sir Julian Hodge (Jane Hodge Foundation) has been a major sponsor and in recent years there has been significant support from Admiral Group plc. (Moondance Foundation).

Moondance

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, Ecole, Edwards Educational Tours, 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. Representatives of the secondary school that wins the top prize are invited to attend a conference of other EUSTORY contestants sponsored by the Körber Foundation of Germany.eustorycharter1PreseliEustory

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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