Forty Voices, Forty Years is a heritage project led by Welsh Women’s Aid in collaboration with the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales.
We recognise that women’s memories, voices and lives are written out of national heritage
Because of this, our Project Associate has been visiting women across Wales who have been involved in the Women’s Aid movement over the past 40 years, recording their fascinating stories.
Alongside preserving these stories, we have also been collected objects from people and organisations who have been involved in the movement. Objects include protest banners, handmade posters and t-shirts, leaflets from past years and more!
The stories and collected materials are being showcased in the Forty Voices, Forty Years touring exhibition and preserved on an online gallery hosted by the People’s Collection Wales.
The exhibition has now reached its final venue of St Fagans Museum in Cardiff where you can view the objects and stories collected during the project. You can also view past venues visited here:
This project commemorates the work of these women over the past forty years, but also enhances understanding of the movement to stop violence against women in Wales, improving community knowledge about these types of abuse and our work to prevent it. We also want to encourage reflection on our future priorities as a movement, as we work towards our shared goal of eradicating violence against women once and for all.
The project is now reaching its end, but you have the chance to view the final exhibition and all stories until the 25th of February at St Fagan’s museum. From the 5th-12th of March, to mark International Women’s Day you can also see a pop-up version of the full exhibition at the National Assembly of Wales Senedd building. To find out more about the project, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
To find out how you can still get involved with #Future40 – the campaign we have launched as part of Forty Voices, Forty Years – please click here.
Dr Emily Underwood-Lee, Research Fellow at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling:
“We believe that sharing stories enables us to hear the voices of those who have often been omitted from the history books. The stories collected in the Forty Voices, Forty Years project will give us a chance to reflect on who we are, where we have come from and what we want to be. Sharing stories can create community and a greater understanding of one another through listening to the tales that make us who we are.”
We are grateful for the generous support of our funders enabling this project to go ahead, including Heritage Lottery Fund, the Big Lottery Fund’s National Lottery Awards for All and Hanfod Cymru.