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Exhibitions, Conferences, Lectures & Commemorative Events for the First World War

WW1 Online Exhibitions

  • An online exhibition at Art of the First World War is an exhibition of 100 paintings by 54 artists to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the end of the Great War on 11th November 1918. This exhibition has been extended to continue for an extra year through financing from the Caen Memorial and the Historial Museum of the Great War at Péronne.
  • Imperial War Museum online: A wide variety of online exhibitions including The Battle of the Somme 1916, which features information about the battle, personal stories and visiting the battlefield today.
  • National Archives: In partnership with the Imperial War Museum this 'Pathways to the Past' online exhibition for the First World War is shown through sources for The First World War held by the National Archives.
  • National Archives: Voices of the Armistice (online audio exhibition). To mark the 90th anniversary of the Armistice, The National Archives has launched a season of podcasts of personal stories from those who served in World War One. For the podcast series go to www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

    Banner image for Voices of the Armistice podcast series from The National Archives


  • The British Postal Museum & Archive: Last Post - Remembering the First World War explores the effect of the events of 1914-18 on the Post Office and its people and the contribution of postal communications to the war effort. To view the exhibition go to Last Post - Remembering the First World War.
  • The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset: Online exhibitions include For Valour, a record of the 2,100 medals in the collection. For more information go to The Tank Museum Online Exhibition For Valour: Medals.

WW1 Exhibitions

  • Imperial War Museum, London: In Memoriam (30 September 2008 - 6 September 2009). A major exhibition commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Armistice. The exhibition tells the story of some 90 individuals whose lives were shaped by the events of the First World War - on the front line and on the home front. For more information go to In Memoriam on the Imperial War Museum website.
  • In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres, Belgium: The Great War Collection (17 April - 17 May 2009). An exhibition displaying 60 objects organised in relation to a three day international conference Collecting War. The museum has asked ten private collectors to select three main pieces from their own collections and three favourite pieces from their trench art collections for display. This small selection does not aim to be representative of the collections themselves, but will present a few little known and exceptional objects. For details of museum opening hours and admission charges see the In Flanders Fields Museum website.
  • The British Postal Museum & Archive, external exhibition at R.A.F. Museum Cosford: Last Post - Remembering the First World War (27 February - 26 May 2009). Last Post explores the role the Post Office played in the Great War, through medals, uniforms, correspondence and other personal items from the BPMA and Imperial War Museum collections. It tells the story of postal workers at war and on the Home Front and examines the essential role played by postal communications. For more information go to R.A.F. Museum Cosford Last Post Exhibition. This exhibition will be touring the United Kingdom until early 2010. For the forthcoming locations and dates see Upcoming Exhibitions (Out and About section).

WW1 Conferences

  • Wednesday 24 - Friday 26 June 2009
    British Army Chaplains in the First World War
    Venue: Amport House, Andover, Hampshire, England (Home of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre).

    This conference will examine the context, role, reputation and legacy of the First World War British army chaplains. While the focus is on the British experience, comparatives from other European and Commonwealth Armies are warmly invited. All enquiries should be address to the conference organiser Dr. Michael Snape, Department of History, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT (email M.F.Snape@bham.ac.uk)
  • Friday 31 July - Sunday 2 August 2009
    How Wars End: The First World War and the Post-War World
    Venue: Bishop Mascall Centre, Lower Galdeford, Ludlow, Shropshire, United Kingdom
    A weekend residential summer school organised by the University of Birmingham Centre for First World War Studies.
    For details download the programme at Ludlow_Programme_2009.pdf
    For a registration form and contact details download Ludlow_Application_Form_2009.pdf
  • Thursday 10 to Saturday 12 September 2009
    Other Combatants, Other Fronts: Competing Histories of the First World War
    Venue: The Imperial War Museum, London

    The 5th Conference of the International Society for First World War Studies, taking place in association with the Imperial War Museum and War Studies, King's College, London. For further information see the society website at www.firstworldwarstudies.org.

WW1 Lectures

  • National Archives: Free and paid 'Behind the Scenes Tours', events and lectures.
  • The National Army Museum, London: The museum offers an inspiring programme of lunchtime lectures, conferences and study days. led by experts, the programme aims to increase an understanding of history, the arts, science, and the world we live in today - through the exploration of military history. The programme is aimed at ages 16 and above. Some events are related to school and college programmes of study. Booking is advised. For more information go to National Army Museum Conferences & Lectures.
  • The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset, UK: The Tank Museum offers an evening lecture programme. For further information go to Education Officer Contact Information.
  • The Western Front Association (W.F.A.): Lectures, seminars and conferences are held at regular Branch meetings and at a national level around the United Kingdom and internationally. See the WFA website WFA Branches or WFA National Events and Conferences for a listing of forthcoming events.
  • University of Birmingham Centre for First World War Studies: See the War Studies Seminar Programme for details and dates. As well as regular seminars the Centre holds a number of Day Schools and short courses.

Book Reading & Discussion Event

  • Wednesday 20 May 2009 at 7pm

“Journeys - the art of travel writing”: An exploration of travel writing.

Venue: Maidenhead Library, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1QU

The evening event features 2 different travel writers talking about their journeys and how they wrote about them:

  • “The War Walk” by Nigel Jones describes his pilgrimage to the Western Front battlefields: it is a compelling blend of history, travel and personal anecdotes from some of the last surviving veterans of the First World War. He follows the old trench networks from the Belgian coast to the Swiss frontier, bringing each battlefield to life with vivid eyewitness testimony and investigating how the sites are preserved today for modern visitors
  • In “Empires of the Indus”, Alice Albinia describes the journey of one of the longest rivers in the world, the Indus, which rises in Tibet, flows west across India, and south through Pakistan.

You don’t need to have read the books to enjoy the evening.

Tickets are £3.50 to include refreshments (£3 with advantage card) and places can be booked via Victoria Law on 01628 796999 or email victoria.law@rbwm.gov.uk

Commemorative Events

Events in 2009 to Commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign

Saturday 25 April 2009 is Gallipoli Day. There are a number of events taking place around the United Kingdom from 19 April and over the weekend of 25-26 April in the form of services and wreath laying ceremonies. For a full list giving locations and times go to the Events page on the Gallipoli Association website.


Archived WW1 Commemorative Events

90th Anniversary 1917-2007:
Battle of Messines-Wytschaete & Third Battle of Ypres (Battle of Passchendaele)

Commemorative ceremonies were held on 12 July 2007 to mark the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Third Battle of Ypres and the 80th anniversary of the inauguration of the Menin Gate.

Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing: Special Last Post Ceremony

Inauguration of the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, July 1927

A special Last Post ceremony was held at 15.00 hours in the presence of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Paola.


Tyne Cot British Military Cemetery: Ceremony

Tyne Cot British Military Cemetery, Passendaele (copyright www.greatwar.co.uk)

An ecumenical, civil and military ceremony was held to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. It was attended by HRH Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Paola.


HRH Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Paola ©greatwar.co.ukHRH Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Paola watch children laying wreaths at the foot of the Cross of Sacrifice.


Guests and Standards ©greatwar.co.ukGuests, Royal British Legion Standards and members of the public attended the service.


Singer Isla St. Clair and the Seraphim Choir of Chilton Saint James School, Lower Hutt, New Zealand ©greatwar.co.ukSinger Isla St. Clair and the Seraphim Choir of Chilton Saint James School, Lower Hutt, New Zealand sang during the ceremony.


Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing: 18.00 hours, 12 July 2007

The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing ©greatwar.co.uk

The date chosen for the commemoration of the Battle of Passchendaele was significant as it was also the 80th anniversary of the inauguration of the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres. A special Last Post ceremony was held in the early evening in advance of the usual 20.00 hours nightly ceremony.


Poppy petals float down from the roof of the Menin Gate memorial ©greatwar.co.ukHundreds of visitors from around the world attended the Special Last Post Ceremony and watched as poppy petals floated down from the roof of the memorial.


Visitors and Standards at the ceremony ©greatwar.co.ukVisitors and Standards crowded under the memorial to attend the Menin Gate Special Last Post ceremony.


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