Blackwood – World War 1 through school records.

On 12thMarch, we were entertained with an absorbing talk by Rhiannon Phillips, from the Gwent Archives.

She talked about some of the records they hold for the period around WW1. They hold a huge amount of information from the local schools of that time.

Headmasters were charged with keeping a log book which they had to write in every week. She used excerpts from log books for local schools to show what we could find out: Belgian Refugees in Blackwood; schools starting to grow vegetables because of the food shortage; teachers joining up; children bringing flags in at the armistice so the school marched through the local streets singing patriotic songs.

The information held there gives an intriguing insight into that period.

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