WW1 Related Events in the United Kingdom

Royal Artillery memorial in London.

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Remembrance Ceremony — Act of Remembrance

Daily Act of Remembrance: Last Post & Reveille

Inside the Millenium Chapel of Peace and Forgiveness, National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire.

Daily (except Christmas Day) at 11.00 hours

Millenium Chapel, National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR

Admission Free

(There is a parking charge at the National Memorial Arboretum for cars maximum £3.00 per day - all parking fees go directly to the NMA charity.)

The Millenium Chapel of Peace and Forgiveness is the only place where a daily Act of Remembrance takes place in England. The National Memorial Arboretum is located in the centre of England at Alrewas, near Lichfield, Staffordshire and is the place “Where our Nation Remembers”.

For further details see the National Memorial Arboretum website at:

Website: www.thenma.org Chapel

Annual National Act of Remembrance: Remembrance Sunday

Royal British Legion Remembrance Poppy Wreath

Sunday 13 November 2016 at 11.00 hours

The Cenotaph, Parliament Street, Whitehall, London SW1

Free

Public event with restricted access to the central area of the ceremony.

On the closest Sunday to 11 November an official annual Service of Remembrance takes place at the Cenotaph in central London. Wreaths are laid by Her Majesty The Queen, members of the Royal Family, senior military leaders, politicians and representatives of the Commonwealth. Following the formal ceremony and wreath-laying The Royal British Legion co-ordinates a march past The Cenotaph which includes members of ex-Service organizations and civilian organizations which have played their part on the Home Front in wartime.

Services of Remembrance also take place at 11 hours on Remembrance Sunday around the United Kingdom at churches, war memorials and at The National Memorial Arboretum.

WFA Unknown Warrior Annual Commemoration

The Western Front Association logo

Thursday 10 November 2016 at 20.00 hrs

Main Concourse Platform 8, Victoria Railway Station, London SW1V 1JU

Free & open to all.

An annual ceremony of commemoration at Victoria Station by the London Branch of the Western Front Association, to remember the arrival of the Unknown Warrior on 10 November 1920.

  • 20.15 Parade Assembly
  • 20.20 Narration
  • 20.30 Last Post and one minute's silence
  • The Exhortation: They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemnA. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning We will remember them.
  • Reveille
  • 20.32 Presentation of Wreaths
  • Disperse

View a film (6m:40s) of the ceremony on 10 November 2012 (by Craig Humphries):

Website: www.youtube.com 10 November 2012 Ceremony

For enquiries or any more information you can visit the London WFA Branch at:

Website: londonwfa.org.uk

Website: londonwfa.org.uk Contact Us

Annual Act of Remembrance: 11 November

The Cenotaph, Whitehall, London

Friday 11 November 2016 at 11.00 hours

Cenotaph, Parliament Street, Whitehall, London SW1

Organiser: The Western Front Association (WFA)

Free, public event.

Since the early 1990s the Western Front Association (WFA) has held an annual Ceremony of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, Whitehall on 11 November. Members of the public are warmly welcomed to attend the ceremony.

Members of The Western Front Association may apply for tickets also to attend a Service of Remembrance after the ceremony and lunch.

Reflections: Photographs and Film of the Ceremony

Reflections on the 11am 11 November 2015 ceremony by WFA members, with photographs by Simon Gregor and Roy Backhouse:

The Western Front Association logo

Website: www.westernfrontassociation.com

View a short film (2m:30s) of the 11 November 2015 ceremony, with the poem My Boy Jack by Rudyard Kipling, read by Cerys Matthews (filmed by Coburn Communications):

Website: youtube.com 11 November 2015

To see information for WFA events see The Western Front Association website:

Website: www.westernfrontassociation.com

WFA logo by kind permission of the WFA

Armistice Day Service

Armed Forces Memorial, National Memorial Arboretum

Friday 11 November 2016 at 11.00 hours

National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR

Allocated tickets: Armed Forces Memorial

Free admission to the Arboretum site: the Service will be screened.

The National Memorial Arboretum is located in the centre of England at Alrewas, near Lichfield, Staffordshire and is the place “Where our Nation Remembers”. (There is a parking charge at the National Memorial Arboretum for cars maximum £3.00 per day - all parking fees go directly to the NMA charity.)

For enquiries see the National Memorial Arboretum website at:

Website: www.thenma.org

Exhibition

The Zero Hour Panoramas (Photographic Exhibition)

1 - 15 July 2016

Sladmore Contemporary, 32 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London W1J 6NW

The first day of the battle of the Somme (1 July 1916) was the costliest in British military history. To mark its centenary, writer and photographer, Jolyon Fenwick has created a series of photographic panoramas taken at the exact position (and time of year and day) from which 14 battalions attacked in the first wave at 7.30am BST (ZERO HOUR) that fateful morning. Annotated by hand in the manner of the battlefield panoramas of the time with the points of tactical significance as they existed immediately before the battle, they powerfully juxtapose the hellish reality of the nation’s bloodiest battle with the pastoral peace of these ‘forever English’ fields today.

For more information, to read the artist's statement and to see the 14 panorama photographs visit Zero Hour at the Sladmore Contemporary website:

Website: www.sladmorecontemporary.com Zero Hour

Telephone: +44-20 7499 0365

Email: info@sladmore.com

Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace 14-18 (Street Gallery)

to 18 July 2016

The Guildhall, Gresham Street, London, EC2 7HH

Free

Following the exhibition's highly successful showing in Paris from April to August 2014, the launch for the United Kingdom tour was on 4 August 2014 in London. This will be a major touring street exhibition featuring 60 superb photographs by photographer and battlefield guide, Michael St. Maur Sheil.

The exhibition will visit key locations in the United Kingdom between August 1914 and November 1918. In 2016 the exhibition will be in the City of London to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. For information about this exhibition, the satellite exhbitions see the City of London website:

Website: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk Somme

For the location of the Guildhall in the City of London and how to get there you can visit the Guildhall website:

Website: www.guildhall.cityoflondon.gov.uk Location

For information about the photographs, the educational role, how to request to host the exhibition, purchasing the brochure and copies of photographs, visit the website:

Website: www.fieldsofbattle1418.org

First World War in the Air

1WW exhibition

to 31 December 2020

Royal Air Force Museum, Grahame Park Way Colindale, London, Greater London, England, NW9 5LL

Free

A major exhibition telling the story of the development of the war in the air in 1914 to 1918. Exhibits ranging from personal letters to historic aeroplanes relate the story of the Royal Flying Corps and the founding Royal Air Force in April 1918, incorporating stories of the men and women who worked on the ground and the courageous aircrew who flew the aircraft in those early days of aviation.

Website: www.rafmuseum.org First World War in the Air Exhibition

Photo courtesy of RAF Museum

Real to Reel: A Century of War Movies

Soldiers of the 10th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment marching to the trenches near Doullens, 3 July 1916. (IWMQ743)

1 July 2016 - 8 January 2017

Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ

Admission fee (IWM members free)

To mark the 100th anniversary of the release of the original blockbuster, The Battle of the Somme, the Imperial War Museum will stage an immersive new exhibition to explore how film-makers have found inspiration from war's inherent drama to translate stories of love and loss, fear and courage, triumph and tragedy into movies for the big screen.

Find out more about the exhibition and the museum:

Website: www.iwm.org.uk Real to Reel

Photo courtesy of Imperial War Museum

Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front

to September 2016

Whitgift School, Haling Park, South Croydon CR2 6YT

This ambitious exhibition will bring together an outstanding range of original artefacts, including objects, photographs, letters, uniforms, and memorabilia. These are drawn chiefly from private collectors, British Pathé and the Whitgift archive. Remembering 1916 will be the first and only time these artefacts are seen together, to tell the story of this pivotal year of the war.

Visitors can expect to see original French and German uniforms, kit and equipment, as well as the original train sign of Verdun station. Learn more about some of the 31 former Whitgift pupils who sadly lost their lives in The Battle of The Somme, and also experience a reconstruction of working trench, showing soldiers 'going over the top'. There will be guided tours of the exhibition and a learning programme will be available to Primary and Secondary schools. This is not the first time Whitgift has staged a professionally executed, historical exhibition. In 2009, Hidden Treasures of the Mary Rose attracted 32,000 visitors, making it the most popular exhibition ever held in Croydon.

Email: f.stovald@whitgift.co.uk

Telephone: 020 8633 2185

Website: www.remembering1916.co.uk

Railways and the First World War

From 7 July 2016

National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ

From July 2016 a major programme of events, exhibitions and activities will open at the National Railway Museum in York to commemorate the role of railways in the First World War. An ambulance carriage is being restored to feature as one of the main displays in an exhibition about the role of ambulance trains.

To find out more you can visit the museum's website and follow the blog:

Website: www.nrm.org.uk WW1

“Wave” & “Weeping Window”: Installations from ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’

Ceramic poppy installation at the Tower of London in November 2014

Wave: 28 May - 4 June 2016, Lincoln Castle

Weeping Window: 22 April - 12 June 2016 St Magnus Cathedral Kirkwall; 12 October - 20 November 2016 Caernarfon Castle; 29 June - 25 September 2016 The Black Watch Museum, Perth

Admission Free

By 11 November 2014 888,246 ceramic poppies were planted in the dry moat at the Tower of London. It was an evolving installation called “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”. It was a collaboration between ceramic artist Paul Cummins and theatre stage designer Tom Piper. The last poppy was planted on 11 November 2014. Each poppy represented a British military man or woman who died during the First World War. Over 4 million people visited the installation at the Tower of London.

On completion of the evolving installation it was decided that two of the elements of the installation — “Wave” and “Weeping Window” — should be saved for the nation. The Backstage Trust and Clore Duffield Foundation have supported this. These two elements will tour the United Kingdom at selected locations thanks to sponsorship by DAF Trucks. In the autumn of 2018 they will be gifted to the Imperial War Museums and will be available for visitors to see at Imperial War Museum North and Imperial War Museum London.

See the WW1 Centenary Art Commissions website (1418NOW.org.uk) for information and updates about the touring project during 2014-2018:

Website: www.1418now.org.uk Poppies

Theatre

The Unknown Soldier

The Unknown Soldier play poster

On tour in 2016

Fri 1 July 2016: The Subscription Rooms, Stroud

Thur 4 - Mon 29 August 2016: Baillie Room, Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Wed 14 September 2016: Guildhall Theatre, Derby

A new theatre piece by Ross Ericson, the award nominated writer of “Casualties”. The Unknown Soldier successfully debuted at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 from 6 to 31 August 2015 as part of Spotlites' season and received excellent reviews from critics. It was also shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Award for Excellence.

Jack stayed on when the guns fell silent to search the battlefields for the boys that could not go home, for the dead and the missing, for both enemy and friend. And amongst the rusty wire and unexploded bombs, Jack's looking for something, looking for someone. He has a promise to keep and a debt to repay, and now there is this strange request from the generals. A story of comradeship, betrayal and of promises both broken and kept following the carnage of World War One.

  • 5 stars, FringeGuru – ‘If you don’t ever want to see another WW1 play, then you want to see *this* WW1 play. Superb.
  • 4 stars, The Stage – ‘Strong writing, an original approach and a sensitive performance bring fresh power to a reminder of the horrors of war
  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SHOW by FringeReview – ‘Authentic, Informative and Powerful

For information about the performances and links to make bookings go to the Grist to the Mill Productions website:

Website: www.gristtheatre.co.uk The Unknown Soldier

War Horse

National Theatre

On tour: 2017-2018

Canterbury, Bristol, Liverpool, Oxford, Brighton, Bradford & Nottingham

Scene from War Horse the play Scene from War Horse the play

The award-winning smash hit War Horse is playing at the New London Theatre. Based on a story by Michael Morpurgo.

The First World War is the backdrop for this tale of bravery, loyalty, and the extraordinary bond between a young recruit and his horse. Actors, working with astonishing life-sized puppets by the internationally renowned Handspring Puppet Company, take audiences on an unforgettable journey through history.

At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France.

He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land.

But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to the trenches to find him and bring him home.

The book on which the play is based came about after Michael Morpurgo had a chance conversation in his local pub nearly 30 years ago with an old soldier who had been to the First World War as a 17 year old ‘with ‘orses’ as he said. He discovered that over a million horses died in that dreadful war – and that was just on the British side – and that most of them that survived were sold off after the war was over, to butchers in France.

For information about the show, shop and War Horse On Tour venues go to the website at:

Website www.warhorseonstage.com

Photographer: Simon Annand

Performance

Symphony to a Lost Generation

Symphony to a Lost Generation logo

Saturday 28 - Tuesday 31 May 2016

LSO St. Luke's, UBS & LSO Music Education Centre, 161 Old Street, London EC1V 9NG

From June 2016 on tour (see website for venues & dates)

The past screams to the present. The world’s first fully holographic production, a moving depiction of the human tragedy of the First World War. 250 actors and dancers appear beside the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Choir and Lithuanian State Orchestra in Adam Donen’s epic symphony. The holograms allow an intensity of performance otherwise impossible on stage. Its scale and imagination is like nothing you’ve experienced. An emotional dramatic and musical expression of a time long past in a form impossible any time but now, produced by an Oscar-winning and Grammy-nominated team.

Symphony to a Lost Generation image

For details of booking, venue and tour dates and venues from June 2016 see the website.

Website: www.symphonytoalostgeneration.com

'DAVID JONES: July 1916, The Battle of Mametz Wood from In Parenthesis' by Opus Anglicanum

Friday 22 July 2016 at 18.00 hours

St. Wilfrid's Church, Duncombe Place, York YO1 7EN

Free

Opus Anglicanum, a unique vocal ensemble composed of 'five men singing unaccompanied & a narrator,' will perform their commissioned sequence of 2015: a musical illumination of Jones's description of the Battle of the Mametz Wood from In Parenthesis. The sequence is comprised of an antiphonal dialogue between sections of Jones's text read aloud, and music both taken from the text and responding to its themes.

This event is being performed in conjunction with the international conference David Jones: Dialogues with the Past. For more information about this event and the conference visit the website:

Website: www.davidjonesdialogues.com Events

Film

The Night Before the Somme

Men of the Border Regiment resting in shallow dugouts near Thiepval Wood during the Battle of the Somme during August 1916. (IWMQ872)

Thursday 30 June 2016, 20.00 hours to midnight

Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ

Free

A unique after-hours museum experience at IWM London to reflect upon the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The evening's events and performances will consist of:

  • Access to the First World War galleries
  • Screening of The Battle of the Somme film made before and during the battle
  • Preview visit to the Real to Reel: A Century of War Films exhibition
  • Artistic performances exploring themes of love, fear, hope and courage in and around the museum.

Visit the IWM website to sign up for this event, to receive updates on the full programme and details of the venue:

Website: www.iwm.org.uk Night Before the Somme

Conference

David Jones: Dialogues with the Past (Interdisciplinary, International Conference)

21-23 July 2016

Berrick Saul Building, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

Fees: Early Bird fees before 1 May £65 Waged; £45 Student/Unwaged; Conference Dinner: £20 Waged; £15 Student/Unwaged

As 2016 marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, which profoundly shaped Jones's imagination and thought, it provides an ideal moment for this conference to reconsider the entirety of Jones's engagement with the many, various, elusive and intertwined 'pasts' through which he conceived history and culture. It will be an opportunity to explore Jones's own style, subject matter, allusive practice and intellectual questions including the role of 'memory', 'inheritance' and 'history' in art and life, while also reflecting upon Jones's own past and contemporary moment.

Keynote Speakers: Tom Dilworth (English), Adam Schwartz (History) and Paul Hills (History of Art)

In addition the Conference Dinner, Poetry Recitals, Wine Reception and two Art Exhibitions, the Events Schedule includes:

  • Thursday 21 July: 'An Artist's Retrospect': Selected Screenings of Lost Jones Interviews and Programmes with Anne Price-Owen
  • Friday 22 July: OPUS ANGLICANUM's 'DAVID JONES: July 1916, The Battle of Mametz Wood from In Parenthesis'

The panels will explore themes such as 'Picturing WWI', 'Refiguring Rome', 'The Anglo-Saxon Tradition', 'The Matter of In Parenthesis', 'Sacramental Thinking' and 'A Jonesian Theology of History'. Over thirty papers will be presented by scholars including Kathleen Henderson Staudt, Paul Robichaud, Tom Goldpaugh, Christine Pagnoulle, Brad Haas, Tom Villis, Luke Thurston, Hilary Davies and Fr. John David Ramsey, among many others.

(Registration closes 30 June 2016 but places and accommodation are limited so register early.)

To register for the conference, see the “registration” page at:

Website: www.davidjonesdialogues.com Registration

For more information about the conference, timetable of events, how to get to the venue and more see the website:

Website: www.davidjonesdialogues.com

Volunteers and Voters: The First World War and its Legacy

Volunteers and Voters (courtesy University of Worcester)

Saturday 12 November 2016

University of Worcester’s annual Women’s History Conference

Debates about the significance of the First World War as an agent of social change for women have tended to focus upon women’s participation in national politics or the workplace. This conference instead, will explore women’s voluntary involvement in charities, organizations and local politics. It seeks to encourage explorations of how women entered the public sphere, seeking to shape, organise and influence other women’s lives during the conflict and in the years that followed when women were first enfranchised. The conference will also include an exhibition on ‘Influential Worcestershire Women, 1914-1934’.

For more information contact Dr Wendy Toon:

Email: w.toon@worc.ac.uk

Lecture

The Battle of the Somme 1916

The Western Front Association logo

Wednesday 22 June 2016, 17.30-19.00 hours

University of Wolverhampton

Western Front Association Open Public Lectures in conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton

Professor Gary Sheffield will give his professorial augural lecture on the topic of the Somme.

For reservations and more information contact Phylomena Badsey:

Email: P.Badsey@wlv.ac.uk

The Role of Lt Gen Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston at Gallipoli

The Western Front Association logo

Wednesday 19 October 2016, 17.30-19.00 hours

University of Wolverhampton

Western Front Association Open Public Lectures in conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton

Professor Elaine McFarland (Glasgow Caledonian University), author of a recent excellent biography of Lieutenant General Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston (1864–1940) will talk about Hunter-Weston’s role at Gallipoli.

For reservations and more information contact Phylomena Badsey:

Email: P.Badsey@wlv.ac.uk

History Festival: Talks & Events

Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival 2016

Monday 27 June - Sunday 3 July 2016

Manor Farm, Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire SP5 5JH

The 2016 festival will commemorate three battles of the First World War: the Battle of Jutland, the Battle of Verdun and the Battle of the Somme. The extensive festival programme will include talks, Living History reenactment, an air display and the Schools Festival. For details, tickets and more visit the website:

Website: www.cvhf.org

WW1 “Living History”

WW1/Edwardian Weekend

Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 August 2016

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Whittington Barracks, Whittington, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9PY

Admission charge

Step back in time to the Belle Epoch of the early 1900s. This is the world that WW1 soldiers left behind, evocatively suggested by WW1 re-enactors.

Telephone: 01543 434 394

Email: curator@staffordshireregimentmuseum.com

Website: staffordshireregimentmuseum.com

Night in the Trenches

Saturday 12 November 2016

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Whittington Barracks, Whittington, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9PY

Admission: Pre-booking essential.

This is one of the most popular events in the Museum’s calendar. Experience a soldier’s life in the WW1 trench system. Uniformed re-enactors take you back to evoke the conditions experienced and the life lived by our troops during the Great War.

See the website for further details of charges and timings.

Telephone: 01543 434 394

Email: curator@staffordshireregimentmuseum.com

Website: staffordshireregimentmuseum.com

Carols in the Trenches

Carols in the trenches at Staffordshire Regiment Museum

Saturday 10 December 2016

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Whittington Barracks, Whittington, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9PY

Admission: Pre-booking essential.

Carols in the Trenches is an evocative re-enactment of the Christmas Truce. Go along to the Staffordshire Regiment Museum for an evening of carols set in the museum’s WWI trench system, concluded by a re-enactment of the Christmas Truce in No-Mans-Land.

See the website for full details of charges and timings.

Telephone: 01543 434 394

Email: curator@staffordshireregimentmuseum.com

Website: staffordshireregimentmuseum.com

Family Activities & Events

WW1 Discovery Days

Trying on Uniforms at Staffordshire Regiment Museum

2 May; 31 May-3 June; 25 July; 15 August; 29 August 2016

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Whittington Barracks, Whittington, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9PY

Admission: See www.staffordshireregimentmuseum.com for details of charges and timings.

The Staffordshire Regiment Museum organizes a series of exciting days at the museum throughout the year for parents and children in the school holidays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Uniformed guides will take you on a detailed tour of the Museum’s fantastic WW1 trench system, and describe what life was like for soldiers during the Great War. A 500ft trench system contains ‘scrape’ holes, dugout, gun positions and even a tunnel, used during the period to undermine the enemy trenches that were often just a short way away.

Remembering the Battle of Gallipoli at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum

Ammunition boxes are strewn around, sandbags line the walls, original signage points the way as the visitor is immersed in a professionally created soundscape that takes you straight to the trenches of WWI France.

Parents and children will get the chance to try on uniforms, as well as handle weapons and equipment from the time, plus explore the museum and its fascinating collections.

Telephone: 01543 434 394

Email: curator@staffordshireregimentmuseum.com

Website: staffordshireregimentmuseum.com

WW1 Flying Display

Edwardian Pageant & WW1 Flying Display

Sunday 7 August 2016

The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome, Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP

Admission charge (concessions & group discounts available)

  • 09.00 – Gates open
  • 12.00 – Vehicle parades
  • 14.00 – Flying Display begins
  • 17.40 – Approximate end of display

Visiting aircraft include: Fokker Triplane (Brighton), BE2E (WAHT), Albatros (WAHT), Sopwith Snipe (WAHT), Mew Gull (David Beale), Calidus (Peter Davies), Muscle biplane (Rich Goodwin). Shuttleworth Collection aircraft include WWI. All aircraft are provisional and may be subject to change.

Additional entertainment includes:

  • Live Music from Alexandra Jones
  • “Make & paint” with Airfix & IPMS Brampton (free)
  • Swiss Garden tours at 12.00 and 15.00 (free)
  • Flightline tours at 10.00, 10.30, 11.00, 11.30 (book at SVAS stand)
  • The Shuttleworth Re-enactor Historians
  • Pilot’s chat

The restaurant, visitor centre and gift shop are open for the duration of the event and close 30 minutes after the end of the flying display.

Telephone (tickets): 01767 627924 (Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00)

Email: helen.woods@shuttleworth.org

Website: www.shuttleworth.org Edwardian Pageant

Lecture Programmes on WW1 Military History

The National Archives, Kew, Surrey

Free and paid lectures, events and tours to see behind the scenes at the archives and find out more on how to research family history using the archive collections. For more information and a calendar of events go to the National Archives' website at

Website: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk Events

The National Army Museum, London

The museum is closed for a major refurbishment until 2016. See the NAM website link below for lunchtime lectures, outreach activities and co-partnered temporary exhibitions currently being hosted by alternative venues.

Lunchtime lectures are being held in the Army & Navy Club, London. Please be advised there is a requirement for advance tickets and a dress-code.

For more information on the lecture programme go to the National Army Museum's website at:

Website: www.nam.ac.uk Lunchtime Lectures

Website: www.nam.org

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset

The Tank Museum provides lectures as part of its events programme. For further information go to The Tank Museum Diary of Events at:

Website: www.tankmuseum.org Events

University of Birmingham Centre for First World War Studies

The Centre for First World War Studies is part of the School of History and Cultures at Birmingham University. The Centre holds regular events including seminars, lectures and conferences. For information on the events programme visit the Centre for First World War Studies' website at:

Website: www.warstudies.bham.ac.uk Events

University College London

Lectures held during June 2014 by the University College London can be watched online on YouTube.

  • Sex and the Somme, Dr Clare Makepeace, UCL History. Tommies queued in their hundreds to visit brothels in the First World War. Dr Clare Makepeace explores this little-discussed aspect of the war. She uncovers soldiers' reasons for visiting brothels, their reactions to them and the prostitutes, and how they dealt with the potential consequences: venereal disease. The findings give us fresh insight into what it meant to be a British man at war. Watch on YouTube
  • Investigative conservation and the archaeology of the Western Front, Renata Peters, UCL Institute of Archaeology. Staff and students at the UCL Institute of Archaeology have been involved in the investigative conservation of objects excavated from Western Front trenches. Some of these objects were associated with unidentified human remains thought to be of soldiers killed in battles between 1914 and 1918, and provided important information for their identification. Others provided more questions than answers, but also shed light on the reality of life and death in the trenches. Watch on YouTube
  • Reconstructing Broken Bodies: From Industrial Warfare to Industrial Engineered Tissues Prof Robert Brown, UCL Surgical Science & Mr Colin Hopper, UCL Eastman Dental Institute. Trench warfare protected combatants from many injuries, but left the head exposed, producing a massive demand for experimental facial reconstructive surgery. WW1 is acknowledged as the first ‘industrial scale’ war, but it has taken a century to stumble upon the concept of industrial scale tissue production. This very 21st century idea can be traced back to WW1 and the clinical pressures produced by industrial scale, non-lethal trauma. Watch on YouTube
  • Science and the First World War, Prof Jon Agar, UCL Science and Technology Studies. This year is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. By examining the lives of figures such as Henry Gwyn Jeffreys Moseley and Fritz Haber, this talk will show how scientists on all sides were swept up in the tide of patriotism, militarism and nationalism, making contributions, some tragically brief, some devastatingly effective, to the waging of war. And what of the long-lasting effects? While some saw the Great War as an irreparable crisis of modern civilisation, with science as a symbol of inhumanity, others saw science as an internationalist project capable of healing wounds. Watch on YouTube

University of Wolverhampton: First World War Research Group

Study days, master classes and conferences. Directors of the Research Group are Professor Stephen Badsey and Professor Gary Sheffield.

For information about the lecture programme and to register your interest in advance, contact Dr Phylomena Badsey, MA:

Email: p.badsey@wlv.ac.uk

For information about the First World War Research Group visit the website:

Website: www.wlv.ac.uk First World War Research Group

The Western Front Association (W.F.A.)

The Western Front Association logo

Lectures, seminars and conferences are held at regular monthly Branch meetings and at a national level around the United Kingdom and internationally. Speakers include well-known military historians and WFA members with expertise in a wide variety of topics related to the First World War. For further information and a calendar of forthcoming events visit the WFA website at:

Website: www.westernfrontassociation.com WFA UK Branches Events

2014-2018 Centenary Event Listing Websites

14-18 NOW

Website for the cultural programme called 14-18 NOW. This is a major programme of commissions by contemporary artiststs, which will take place thoughout the United Kingdom to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Website: www.1418now.org.uk

BBC: World War One

Explore the WW1 section of the BBC website to find a wide range of things to do, BBC radio and BBC TV programmes, and much more.

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/ww1

Centenary 2014-18: The Western Front Association

The Western Front Association logo

The Western Front Association website commemorating the First World War centenary, with a wide range of events information, podcasts, day by day timelines, the centenary in the media and lots more. You can add your event too. See the link below to visit the site:

Website: www.firstworldwar.co.uk

Centenary Events Co-ordination: Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum has set up a website to co-ordinate a listing of the international events and resources which will be marking 100 years since the outbreak of The Great War. The website includes podcasts, latest news and projects.

Website: www.1914.org

Centenary News

A comprehensive website devoted to all aspects of the WW1 centenary. See this link for events:

Website: www.centenarynews.com Events

Culture24

An excellent website full of cultural news, listings and events for a wide range of subjects. A section of the website is dedicated to the First World War and includes lots of up to date information about all sorts of events and exhibitions for the 2014 -2018 centenary of the First World War.

See the website for more information:

Website: www.culture24.org.uk First World War

England Regional WW1 Centenary Event Programmes

Berkshire: BWW1

Website: bww1.org

Essex: The Last Poppy Has Fallen Project

Website: lastpoppyproject.wordpress.com Events

Hampshire Commemorates

Website: www.hants.gov.uk Hampshire Commemorates

Kent & Medway in the First World War

Website: www.kent.gov.uk

Kent: University of Kent Gateways to the First World War Project

Website: www.gatewaysfww.org.uk

Nottinghamshire: Trent to Trenches

Website: www.experiencenottinghamshire.com Trent to Trenches

Staffordshire: The Great War

Website: www.staffordshiregreatwar.com

Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers

Website: www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk

Wiltshire

Website: www.visitwiltshire.co.uk WW1 Events

Northern Ireland WW1 Centenary Event Programmes

Northern Ireland WW1 Centenary Committee

Website: ww1centenaryni.com

Scotland WW1 Centenary Event Programmes

Scotland and WW1

Website: www.scotland.org Scotland and WW1

Scotland and the First World War

Website: www.visitscotland.com Scotland and the First World War

Wales WW1 Centenary Event Programmes

Cymru’n Cofio — Wales Remembers 1914-1918

Website: www.walesremembers.org

Related Reading

Cover of War Horse book by Michael Morpurgo (film tie-in publication)

War Horse

by Michael Morpurgo

This book is about Joey, a farm horse requisitioned by the British Army for service in the First World War on the Western Front. The reader experiences the horrors of war and the compassion of the animals and humans in the story through the eyes of the horse. Written about 25 years ago as a result of Michael Morpurgo's conversations with First World War veterans, the story has taken on a new life as a highly acclaimed play and has been adapted into a major film by Steven Spielberg. Published by Egmont Books Ltd; Film tie-in ed edition (7 Nov 2011), ISBN-10: 1405259418 and ISBN-13: 978-1405259415

Cover of The War Horses book by Simon Butler

The War Horses: The Tragic Fate of a Million Horses Sacrificed in the First World War

by Simon Butler

The War Horses focuses on the horses, mules and donkeys that were requisitioned by the British Army to carry rations, pull guns and wagons full of munitions. The book is has received excellent reviews. It is illustrated with more than 200 photographs, includes eye witness accounts and reveals the great bond between the men and the animals they cared for in such difficult circumstances. Published by Halsgrove, 2nd edition (27 Sep 2011), ISBN-10: 0857040847 and ISBN-13: 978-0857040848

Cover of Warrior: The Real War Horse by General Jack Seely

Warrior: The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse

by General Jack Seely

Warrior was a thoroughbred horse which went to France with Jack Seely in 1914. With Jack the horse survived on The Western Front for five years, both of them cheating death from bombs and bullets, and leading a cavalry charge by the Canadians in 1918. This republished edition is introduced by General Jack Seely's grandson, the well-known racing broadcaster and journalist Brough Scott. Published by Racing Post Books (10 Oct 2011). ISBN-10: 1908216107 and ISBN-13: 978-1908216106.

Related Topics

Events on The Western Front

Buglers of the Last Post Association play “Last Post” at a daily ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres, Belgium.
Buglers of the Last Post Association.

Events relating to the First World War on the Western Front battlefields:

Ypres Salient Events

Artois and French Flanders Events

Somme Events

Centenary Events

2014-2018 WW1 Centenary Events

Tracing World War 1 Family History

See our pages for information and advice on finding out how to trace an ancestor who served in the military in the First World War:

Tracing World War 1 Family History