An ambitious £60,000 project, which will include tracing the stories of victims of the Holocaust with links to south Wales, has been given the go-ahead.

    The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded The Jewish History Association of South Wales (JHASW) £54,200. In addition, £3,000 has been raised through crowdfunding, £2,400 contributed by JHASW supporters, with £1,000 donated by the Cardiff University,

    The latest lottery grant is the second made by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which last year supported the first phase of the project.

    The second phase of the community heritage project has four specific aims:

    • To research the stories of people named on the Cardiff Reform Synagogue Memorial Tablet (erected in memory of relatives of synagogue members who died in the Holocaust and whose graves are unknown).
    • To create a digital Cardiff Jewish heritage trail and upload it to the ‘Walking Jewish History’ phone app.
    • To identify Jewish material stored with Rhondda Cynon Taf museums, improve the existing records by adding new interpretations, digitise the material, and share it on People’s Collection Wales.
    • To build a heritage preservation toolkit that will enable individuals and communities with no previous experience of heritage projects, to create high-quality digital outputs and make them available to as wide an audience as possible.

    Project Manager Klavdija Erzen said: “We’re very grateful to receive again financial support from Lottery Players and the financial backing of our other supporters. The 16th month project, which started last month (October), will run through to January 2021.”

    Jenny Rathbone, Assembly Member for Cardiff Central, said: “I’m delighted to see this wonderful project be recognised with this valuable funding. I look forward to seeing its success in the near future!”

    Richard Bellamy, The National Lottery Heritage Fund Director of Wales, said: “We are pleased to provide our support to the Jewish History Association of South Wales for their Framing Jewish Histories project which will provide wider access to the significant heritage of Jewish Communities in South Wales. Over the past 25 years projects supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund have been displaying, sharing and celebrating the achievements and contributions of communities across Wales. We want to inspire and support projects to create positive and lasting change which JHASW will help to achieve through its activities.”

    The JHASW’s project partners are Cardiff Reform Synagogue, RCT Museums (Pontypridd Museum, Cynon Valley Museum, and Welsh Mining Experience – Rhondda Heritage Park), Nathan Abrams from Bangor University, Jewish Small Communities Network and Cardiff University.

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