Volunteering in Cardiff’s Southern Arc led directly to establishing Voluntary Community Service (VCS) in 1964.

Chronicle was a two-year volunteering-based community heritage project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Volunteers who worked on Chronicle searched through the archives of some of Cardiff’s best-known organisations, discovering the untold stories that have supported the creation of our diverse communities for over a century.

Chronicle was supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, Chronicle volunteers continued to promote a culture of volunteering by engaging with the past and showcasing the value of community engagement by the actions of the people who helped keep Cardiff moving over the last 100 years.


Using the First World War as a starting point and spanning the years to 2014, Chronicle volunteers explored historical records relating to community engagement in archives, museums and libraries across Cardiff, including the records from voluntary organisations.


The Chronicle project also delivered a series of road shows to record oral stories of past volunteering, workshops, community radio programmes and podcasts, walking tours, an exhibition, and an online archive.

Thanks to our many volunteers and partners who help make this project possible! See the full list of project partners here.

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