Details of 2021 Competition

Heritage is interpreted in its widest sense.


Williamstown Primary School

Pentwynmawr Primary School

It can include:

- people and their social history, traditions and environment;

- the 'world of work': agriculture, industry, finance and commerce;

- science and technology

- religion as well as the cultural and sporting heritage of Wales.

To enter:

Register on-line (click here for entry form)


WHSI would like to thank teachers, pupils and schools for supporting the annual competitions and for showing interest in entering the competition in 2021. We recognise the difficulties that next year will bring for educational settings, but we are encouraged by, and grateful for, the interest shown already in continuing to provide heritage education for the benefit of pupils in all settings in Wales, and the determination teachers have expressed in overcoming the current problems. Consequently, we are planning to make the 2021 competition as accessible as possible for schools, bearing in mind the possibly very different nature and extent of school experiences for pupils during this time, and the workload issues for teachers.


We plan to move to a digital format for the competition. This will eliminate the need for a judge to visit your school to see the project and speak to you and your pupils, as was the case previously. You will need to complete an entry form to register your intention to enter the competition, and this will need to be submitted by January 31st 2021.

Actual entries will take the form of a video of 15 minutes (maximum), up to three additional documents and a short accompanying teacher questionnaire telling WHSI about your project, the final submission date for which is March 23rd 2021. Please note that the video itself is not the project – it should tell the judges about the project, and should include such things as pictures and/ or film of pupils engaging in the project, pictures/ film of the finished outcomes of the project, interviews either on camera or as audio only with pupils talking about their project in their own words. This video entry will be the vehicle for the judges to come to a judgment about the project and should therefore comply with the guidance, so that all the aspects the project will be judged on are covered. Your judge may wish to organise a further remote (Teams/Zoom or other) call to ascertain further information from teacher or pupils. The short questionnaire for teachers to fill in to accompany the video entry will give us extra information from which to judge the entry. Additional supporting material may also be submitted, if needed (see guidance).

2020 Entries

Many schools had projects ready to enter for the competition in 2020. These may be entered for the 2021 digital competition – a video will need to be submitted, along with a Teacher Questionnaire, and additional supporting material (if needed). WHSI welcomes projects that are new for 2021, as well.

Individual entries from students in years 12 or 13

WHSI has always supported older learners in conjunction with EUSTORY, a network of organisations (sponsored by the Körber Foundation) that conduct research-based history competitions for young people in Europe, of which WHSI is a member. This year there will be an opportunity for learners in years 12 or 13 to submit individual work for the WHSI EUSTORY prize.


Summaries of some winning entries

  • Click here to view samples of previous winning entries

  • For further information or enquiries contact:

    Alison Denton
    Ty Gwyn
    The Bryn
    NP7 9AL


    To enter:

    Register on-line (click here for entry form)


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    The Annual Competition

    Each year the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative Committee invites all schools in Wales to enter heritage projects in a nationwide competition. The word "heritage" is interpreted in the widest sense, to include people and their social history, religion, traditions and culture; the world of work, agriculture, industry, finance, commerce, science, technology, arts and sport.

    These projects can be part of the usual curriculum-focused work carried out as part of the timetable, or they can reflect work done by the school to commemorate a local event, person or building.

    The project work undertaken for this competition will address many of the requirements for history in the new Successful Futures curriculum. In 2020 special emphasis will be placed on high quality digital outcomes and themes such as women’s history, Wales and the wider world through travel and tourism and the history of sport.

    The projects require research, collection of materials, analysis and evaluation and communication skills. They may be presented as exhibitions, performances, restorations and other forms of contribution to heritage, or as records in print or electronic form.

    Schools are encouraged to involve their community and people of different generations in their projects and to disseminate their findings.

    All schools entering the competition are visited by judges who assess the project, taking into account the appropriate level of literacy, numeracy and information technology skills.

    At an Awards Ceremony prizes are awarded for the best projects in each category: infant, primary, special and secondary. The prizes are presented to the winners by the sponsors who donated them. The Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative Shields (donated by the National Museums and Galleries of Wales) are presented to the best overall primary and secondary entries. The ceremony is held at a different location in Wales each year.

    Award Winners 2019

    Foundation Phase Schools

    Primary and Junior Schools

    Special Category

    Secondary Schools


    Full Summary Report 2019