Art Shell has been awarded funding from Heritage Lottery for ‘The Night-time Blitz Experience’ working with partners Grangetown Local History Society. GLHS approached Art Shell last year, with a view to working together on a project exploring the impact of the Blitz on Grangetown. The project will commission three artists and ten young people to make work at sites locally that were directly affected by the bombing. The resulting work is to be shown on the 80th anniversary of the Blitz, January 2nd 2021, as part of a night-time tour.
Clive Street Corner after bomb in 1941
“We’re really looking forward to working with Art Shell on what we hope will be an engaging, creatively exciting and poignant commemoration of the 80th anniversary of one of the city’s most historic events,” said Steve Duffy, leading the research for Grangetown Local History Society.
“We began nine years ago collecting stories and audio memories of World War Two from Grangetown residents, some of whom are no longer with us. The importance of recording personal and family histories – and piecing together events which were often otherwise lost to wartime censorship – became apparent back then.”
“We feel the proposals are a fantastic way of telling what were dramatic and life-changing events for many people – 165 across Cardiff were killed and 6,000 made homeless in one night, right at the heart of the neighbourhood which was worst hit.
“As well as connecting with older people, we will be working with schools and looking to connect with young people creatively on relating the Blitz and its effect on the local landscape and community.”