• National Library of Wales (map)
  • Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3BU
  • United Kingdom

On 10 July 1916, during the Battle of Mametz, nearly 4,000 soldiers of the 38th Welsh Division were killed, wounded or declared missing. In 1937 this forest was the focus of David Jones’ experimental poem, 'In Parenthesis', an account of his own harrowing experiences in the battle.

Inspired by this important landscape in Welsh history, as well as David Jones’ seminal work, photographer Aled Rhys Hughes has tried to answer the question: does this landscape have a memory of what happened here one hundred years ago?

Items from the David Jones archive will be shown alongside these striking images of the scene, which even today, still bears the scars of battle.

This exhibition is one of a series of events at the National Library of Wales - more information can be found on their website

Banner image © Aled Rhys Hughes