Merthyr War Memorial: Behind the Stone

Merthyr War Memorial: Behind the Stone is a documentary telling the story behind the Pontmorlais First World War memorial in Merthyr Tydfil. In recent years, this beautiful memorial has been suffering from neglect and vandalism.

The programme looks at how a new generation of children from Cyfarthfa Junior school in Merthyr are introduced to the idea of why war memorials were erected, and their significance in the community. We learn how these children took part in a Heritage Lottery project where they helped produce an animation film about the Pontmorlais memorial alongside professional film-makers at Cinetig.

The film follows the children as they take part in an exploration of war, through a series of workshops and visits which are locally and nationally based, from Cyfarthfa Castle Museum to the Cenotaph and the Imperial War Museum in London. The four-minute animation film, which the children helped produce, features in the documentary.

This film is directed by Gerald Conn, Jane Hubbard and Jeremy Roberts and produced by Gerald Conn and Jane Hubbard, broadcast on Monday 10 November 2008 at 7pm on BBC Two Wales.