Organised by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, Open Doors is an annual celebration of the architecture and heritage of Wales, and offers the chance to explore the hidden treasures of Wales’s culture and history.
The Memo Arts Centre is the largest arts centre in the Vale of Glamorgan, and is proud to feature in this year’s national Open Doors event, which takes place throughout September as part of European Heritage Days.
In the 1920’s, Barry decided to build a permanent memorial to their 635 who fell in the First World War. They built the £20,000 Cenotaph and theatre as a centre for cultural and civic activity in the town, raising £10,000 from individual contributions and £10,000 from the Davies family of Llandinam. It took seven years of effort before opening in 1933. The Cenotaph and Hall of Memory remain worthy memorials to 1,818 Barrians who gave their lives for freedom, in two World Wars and subsequent hostilities.
Our Cadw Open Doors event on Tuesday 26 September will include an opportunity to visit the Cenotaph and Hall of Memory, with history boards and information available to guide you through your visit, before attending free special cinema screenings. Films marking the history of WW1 are being shown as part of our open day to honour the lives of those who fell in war.
War Horse (12A) – 10am
All Quiet on the Western Front (PG) – 1.30pm & 7pm
Full details are available online at https://www.memoartscentre.co.uk including school and large group booking arrangements.
400 tickets are available for each screening – booking is advance is recommended.