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First World War prints go on display at National Museum

William Nicholson
The End of the War, William Nicholson Credit: National Museum Cardiff

As part of the national commemorations of the centenary of the First World War, National Museum of Wales is hosting a series of exhibitions and to explore the impact the First World War had on life in Wales and the people who lived here.

The programme launched today, with an exhibition of prints designed to encourage support for the war effort.

The Great War: Britain's Efforts and Ideals was commissioned by the British Government in 1917 - a year before the end of the war on 11 November 1918.

Frank Brangwyn
The Freedom of the Seas, Frank Brangwyn Credit: National Museum Wales

Monday 4 August will mark 100 years since Britain declared war on Germany.

The “Efforts” prints illustrate some of the activities of the war effort. Nine artists contributed to this section including renowned war artist, Christopher Nevinson.

C.R.W Nicholson
Banking at 4,000 Feet, C.R.W Nicholson Credit: National Museum Wales

As images of propaganda, they purposely avoided showing the horrors and atrocities of war, as was typical of the work of the official war artists.

“As far as I know this is the first time that this series has been displayed in its entirety since 1920. It is a wonderfully diverse group of works, which offers a great insight in to artistic propaganda of the First World War.”

– Beth McIntyre, Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum of Wales

To mark the opening of the exhibition the Regimental Band & Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh will perform on the front steps of the building. This will be followed by free family activities throughout the day including a history re-enactor, art workshops and music.

First World War themed stamps will also be on display and items relating to the War from St Fagans National History Museum.

Weekend commemorations continue for First World War centenary

Commemorations are continuing across Wales today to remember 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

4 August marks exactly one hundred years since Britain declared war on Germany.

Caerphilly Castle
Credit: Cadw

Today, a live history display will be staged at Caerphilly Castle of a First World War camp.

There'll also be a chance to discover more about women's history, meet the cavalry horses and listen to war poetry from the time.

Commemorations are also continuing elsewhere.

In Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan, where over 300 servicemen lost their lives during the First World War, a service will be held at St Augustine's Church to remember the fallen and those who were injured.

Roll of Honour
Credit: Church in Wales

The service will include the re-dedication of the newly restored Roll of Honour at the Church.

The Friends of St. Augustine's agreed to commission the reguilding of the names in time to mark the centenary.

Restoration was secured thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the War Memorial Trust.

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Cardiff gets taste of Thailand in first city festival

Cardiff hosts Wales' first ever Thai Festival this weekend bringing together cultural entertainment, food, dancing and music.

The organisers say the festival will promote an understanding of Thai culture amongst the people of Cardiff, many of whom will have their own cultural connections from across the world.

Thai parade
Credit: Desy Thai

"The Wales Thai Festival looks like an exciting new addition to the summer's diverse events calendar. I'm sure it will be a great opportunity for families to learn more about the country and its vibrant culture."

– Cllr Peter Bradbury, Cardiff

Fashion conscious visitors to Cardiff's Cooper Field will also be able to experience colour patterned silks and intricate embroidery work typical of traditional Thai dress.

The costumes on display are the work of Saowanee Jones, who moved to Wales from Thailand over eleven years ago. Soawanee, described the festival as "a little taste of Thailand in Cardiff."

Thai food
Credit: PA Images

Other things to expect at the festival is an energetic display of Muay Thai Boxing demonstration. A wide range of stalls will include freshly cooked Thai food, a Thai beer garden, souvenirs and children's rides.

Visit Cardiff Councils' website for ticket information.

Memorial service to mark WW1 centenary

A memorial service is taking place in Cardiff today to remember all who were affected by the First World War ahead of the centenary of its outbreak on 4 August.

It will take place at the Cenotaph in Grangetown Gardens, where a memorial stands for men from the area who gave their lives during the war.

Grangetown Memorial

The service has been organised by the Grangetown Local Historical Society, who've been trying to trace the stories behind every name on the memorial.

It lists over 300 names of men and women who lost their lives during the Great War, including a 14-year-old merchant seaman.

WW1 Memorial

The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Welsh Government ministers and representatives of the Army and Royal British Legion will attend the service alongside a number of family members of those listed.

A poppy will be laid at the memorial for each of the names.

"It is very fitting, as we approach 4 August, and the centenary of the onset of War, that we will come together to pay tribute to those brave men and women from Grangetown who took part.

"This is one of many events that will be taking place across Wales to mark the centenary of the onset of the First World War and its transformational impact on modern Wales.

– Jeff Cuthbert AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

Read more: Surviving WW1 trooper appears on war memorial

Williams and Cordina make it 34 medals for Wales

Ashley Williams
Williams (in red) was beaten by India's Devendro Laishram in the Men's Light Fly boxing Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Boxers Ashley Williams and Joseph Cordina have brought Wales's medal tally up to 34 this evening.

Williams won the bronze in the Men's Light Fly boxing after he was beaten by India's Devendro Laishram in the semi-finals.

Joseph Cordina
Joseph Cordina (in red) secured a bronze medal in his semi-final against Scotland's Charlie Flynn Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Cordina also took bronze after losing his bout against Scotland's Charlie Flynn.

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