• Sunday Februrary 14th - Barry War Museum hosted a presentation with Eileen Younghusband (WAAF) and Alan Higgins (RN) wherein which they spoke about their books.
  • 11th October 2018 - Rosemary Chaloner will be giving a presentation entitled "Women War Artists" at Barry War Museum, Old Railway Station, Barry Island Women War Artists of the Victorian and Edwardian period were a  group of professional women artists who had trained at internationally acclaimed Academies. Yet they suffered the frustrations of  society's restrictions.They wanted to go "to the front" in order to capture the reality of war, this was never sanctioned. Their paintings eventually hidden in museum archives and their names forgotten.The presentation of "Women War Artists" will reveal how at the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 their talents were confined to recording events on the home front for propaganda purposes. Their paintings will be screened during the evening; reproducing the water colours, oils, pastels and sketches of these talented women, several  of which are on show in our National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.  It will trace their lives during and after the traumatic events of World War One and beyond."
  • 23rd APRIL 2015 -  On Thursday evening, 23rd April, the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign was marked by an informative and illustrative presentation given by Mr Alun Salisbury of Cardiff. The attentive audience heard how on the 25th April 1915, the Allied Campaign began with the landing of British and French troops, at Helles Point, the Southern-most tip of the Gallipoli Peninsular.

    Alun, who is a Volunteer at the Museum, also explained about the role of the Paddle Steamer “PS Barry” during the nine-month campaign. His comprehensive and diligent research revealed that the “PS Barry” had assisted in no small measure by helping to save many lives. Her memorable act of bravery involved the evacuation of troops from the Peninsular and she was, in fact, the last Ship to leave Suvla Bay, having rescued many soldiers from the horrendous conditions. He explained that whilst many thousands of men had died in battle, many thousands had also succumbed to disease.

    Alun’s informative power-point presentation described in detail the hostile terrain the Allies had encountered as they landed on the beaches at Anzac Cove and Suvla Bay. How ill-equipped these young men were to fight an enemy who were entrenched in rocky, mountainous and inhospitable terrain. At the end of the presentation, there was an opportunity for members of the audience to ask Alun questions. A vote of thanks was then given by Mr Keith Greenway congratulating Alun on his informative and thought-provoking talk. - Rosemary Chaloner

Details of Past Presentations


Letters Home is a short film, aimed at commemorating and remembering the Welsh

soldiers who gave their lives during the First World War. Written by Jaye L Swift,

Letters Home initially started its life as a short play in 2012 at Pontardawe ScriptSlam

which went on to win the audience award. Jaye adapted it to a screenplay which

reached the semi-finals of the London Underwire Festival, and was chosen for a

rehearsed reading at the London Screenwriters Festival.

In the spring of 2015 Jaye decided to bring the screenplay to life by producing it herself.

She gathered together a local crew, and cast actors from the South Wales region. Letters

Home has gone on to win awards in several film festivals, its biggest accolade being

winning the ‘Best Welsh Short Film’ category at the inaugural Cardiff International Film


  • THE BEVIN BOYS – The Forgotten Conscript

They wanted to fight for their country, not dig for it. In 1943 Britain faced a

shortage of coal. To tackle this problem eighteen-year-old conscripts, known as

Bevin Boys, were balloted out of the armed services into coal mining. Refusal

was to go to jail. Approximately 48,000 Bevin Boys were conscripted into the

coal mines. Often accused of being conscientious objectors, this presentation

tells the story of who the Bevin Boys were, what they did for their country and

how history has more or less forgotten them.

Below is a list of up and coming presentation that will be held at the museum