100 Years – First World War Centenary Events

100 Years - First World War Centenary Events

It has been 100 years since the end of the First World War and it is important that we take time out to reflect and remember all of the fallen. It is often a difficult task to market a historical event and I’d like to do my little bit to share the ways you can join in to commemorate this day. You can find local events which you can search via postcode on the Government’s website Armistice 2018 A Nation’s Thank You https://armistice100.org.uk/events/

You can buy the Poppy Brooch pictured via the Royal Legion here.

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1918 PARLIAMENT: A SNAPSHOT IN TIME EVENING

On 26 October the Houses of Parliament are holding a special Museums at Night evening at the Houses of Parliament to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. 'A Snapshot in Time' enables you to experience a certain day in 1918, 19 November. Eight days after the Armistice, King George V visits Westminster to address both Houses of Parliament. Having served on the Western Front, Winston Churchill is back in government as Minister of Munitions.

https://www.parliament.uk/visiting/visiting-parliament-news/museums-at-night-october-2018/

Read Ian Lacey’s interview from Visit Parliament

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Danny Boyle beach tribute to the Fallen
In a beautiful and poignant gesture, Danny Boyle has now confirmed over 20 beaches which will take part in the Pages of the Sea Project on 11 November.

Faces of the soldiers who made a one-way journey to fight in the First World War will be drawn into the sand on beaches by communities around Britain in a “tremulous thank you. The drawings will be made at low tide and washed away by the waves making this a very visual story.
Read more - https://www.1418now.org.uk
https://twitter.com/1418NOW?lang=en
https://www.instagram.com/1418now/

War Requiem
Benjamin Britten’s work is performed by 300 musicians and singers from Germany and the UK, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the NDR Radiophilharmonie, from Hanover. This Anglo-German ensemble will take place on Nov 10 at Liverpool Cathedral.
https://www.liverpoolphil.com/whats-on/britten-war-requiem
https://twitter.com/liverpoolphil
https://www.instagram.com/liverpool_philharmonic/

WW1 COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS
Our National Treasure, Royal Mail have issued a special set of stamps in the last four years with 6 dropping each year to total 30 in the end. They include moving words of poetry and paintings of poppies:

www.royalmail.com/firstworldwar

 

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BEYOND THE DEEPENING SHADOW: THE TOWER REMEMBERS
TOWER OF LONDON
I am thrilled to have tickets to The Tower of London to see this stunning The Tower Remembers Beyond the Deepening Shadow installation which opens from 4 November - 11 November 2018. This epic light and sound display at this iconic location will mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. It takes place at the end of each day and tickets are required (although you can see it for free from the walkway above).

will begin with a procession led by the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London. Emerging from the fortress, the Yeoman Warders – themselves all distinguished former servicemen and women – will ceremonially light the first flame.

https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/explore/the-tower-remembers/#gs.RqexqUI

Journey’s End film screening
What better venue to watch Journey’s End than the National Army Museum in Chelsea, especially when it is followed up with a question and answer session with Guy de Beaujeu, the film’s producer.
https://www.nam.ac.uk/whats-on/journeys-end

ARMISTICE CENTENARY: FAURÉ REQUIEM
WESTMINSTER ABBEY
On 6 November 2018 at Westminster Abbey in London, the Abbey Choir and chamber ensemble CHROMA will perform Fauré’s sublime Requiem and music by Vaughan Williams, Parry and Ireland which was written about the Great War. Admission is £12 - £45
https://www.westminster-abbey.org/abbey-events/choral-and-music/2018/november/armistice-centenary-faure-requiem/
https://twitter.com/wabbey
https://www.instagram.com/westminsterabbeylondon/

ARMISTICE DAY – 100 YEARS ON
On 11 November 2018 Cadogan Hall on Sloane Terrace in London will mark the centenary for the end of the First World War with a special concert. Tickets start at £15 to observe the Royal Choral Society and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert of music and poetry that signifies ‘Remembrance’ for this national day of commemoration.
http://www.cadoganhall.com/event/armistice-day-100-years-on/

LIVES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR AT IWM LONDON
Running this year until 31 December 2018, Lives of the First World War at IWM London (part of Imperial War Museums) is a major digital project for the First World War Centenary which will build a permanent digital memorial to more than 8 million men and women from across Britain and the Commonwealth and saved their stories for future generations.
http://www.livesofthefirstworldwar.org/

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THE WEEPING WINDOW AT IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM
The most Instagram friendly display has to be the stunning poppy display at the Imperial War Museum. Designed by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, ceramic poppies cascade down the building.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/events/poppies-weeping-window
https://www.instagram.com/imperialwarmuseums/?hl=en

 

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