Belgian Refugees in Wales and in Rhyl WW1

24 May 2016
18.00 - 20.00

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Organiser: Wales for Peace

Location: Little Theatre, Rhyl

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Lecture: The impact of refugees during WW1.

How did Wales care for 4,500 Belgian refugees during WW1 and what was their experience in Rhyl and the surrounding area? UCL lecturer Dr Christophe Declercq explains the background: “The sojourn in Britain of about a quarter of a million Belgians has long been overlooked. The reasons for this are many. Most importantly, the Belgians came as imperceptibly as they went. By mid-1919 virtually all had returned to Belgium." Yet they left objects behind that are still treasured in Wales to this day.

Giving the background and identifying what is known and is yet to be uncovered about their experiences in Wales, the UK-wide researcher Dr Declercq will be joined by Rhyl's local researcher Anthony Vitti who has worked with local heritage volunteers to uncover the fascinating history of Belgian refugees in Rhyl.

This is lecture is in conjunction with the 'Remembering for Peace Exhibition' at Bodelwyddan Castle.

24-5-2016, Tuesday evening, at Little Theatre, Rhyl

Tickets are free! Register here:

The Rhyl Little Theatre
Vale Road
LL18 2BS

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