Refugees from National Socialism in Wales: Learning from the Past for the Future

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Date / time: 8 June - 28 June, All day

Pontio Arts Centre, Bangor University

This exhibition traces the history of refugees in Wales from the 1930s until the present day. It tells the stories of those who fled from National Socialism in Central Europe to find sanctuary, drawing parallels with modern-day refugees.

The exhibition includes artworks, objects, photographs, and literature created by refugees and those working alongside them. An exhibition film created by filmmaker Amy Daniel is also on display, which explores the lives of refugees past and present.

The exhibition has been co-curated by refugees living in Mid Wales, mainly from Syria. The Centre for the Movement of People at Aberystwyth University want to highlight refugees’ experiences, raise awareness of the issues they face in Wales, and ask questions about the diversity of Welsh society, religious and linguistic differences, as well as social, educational and economic challenges.

The exhibition, first shown at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre and subsequently at the Senedd, Cardiff and Palace of Westminster, London, was created as part of the Imperial War Museums’ Second World War and Holocaust Partnership Programme, and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project at Aberystwyth University is led by Dr Andrea Hammel, Director of the Centre for the Movement of People and Dr Morris Brodie.

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