Centenary of the First World War


 Centenary of the First World War


2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War. A number of events and activities are being planned both nationally and locally to honour and remember the lives of those who served and were affected by the War.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has lead responsibility for the national programme and is working with Heritage Lottery Fund, Imperial War Museums, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and others to commemorate the centenary. The programme is focussed within three key areas:


The Government is leading the nation in acts of commemoration on six key dates during 2014-2018:

  • 25 April 2015 – a commemorative event to mark the Gallipoli campaignFirst World War Centenary gravestones
  • 31 May/1 June 2016 – a commemorative event marking the Battle of Jutland and the war at sea
  • 1 July 2016 – a commemorative event marking the Battle of the Somme at Thiepval Memorial, France
  • 31 July 2017 – a commemorative event marking the start of the 3rd Battle Ypres (Passchendaele) at Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium
  • 11 November 2018 – a commemorative activity marking Armistice Day

Community Engagement and Education

Communities can also commWW1 ammunitionsemorate the centenary through a range of projects including:

  • Battlefield visits for school children
  • Special commemorative paving stones will be laid in the home towns of all those in the in the United Kingdom awarded the Victoria Cross during the  conflict
  • A campaign to get 100 employers signed up to the new Centenary Apprenticeship scheme in 100 days aimed at companies who existed 100  years ago that focus on crafts with a modern application
  • Help for communities to refurbish war memorials
  • Grants for groups, communities and organisations to help mark the Centenary  from the Heritage Lottery Fund

There are also a number of community focussed projects and events being led by Imperial War Museums and English Heritage.


A £10 m. UK-wide cultural programme is being led by the Department working with cultural organisations and partners across Britain to deliver four years of commemorations.

Further detailed information can be found on the DCMS First

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Other useful information can be found at:

Heritage Lottery Fund including events in Glasgow, London and Belgium and Battlefield visits for school children

Imperial War Museums

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Special commemorative paving stones including Centenary Apprenticeship scheme and a link to discover Victoria Cross recipients in your area via our spreadsheet

Help for communities to refurbish war memorials

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Get involved

UK-wide cultural programme

14-18 NOW website

Find out more about battlefield visits

How to apply for funding

1914.org – including information on how to join the First World War Centenary Partnership

Lives of the First World War site

Council for British Archaeology

Events in Cheshire

WW1 trench A number of events are being planned across Cheshire to commemorate the First World War. Further information is available as follows:


Warrington Male Voice Choir, in association with The Royal British Legion are staging ‘We will remember them Festival of Remembrance 2016′ on Sunday, 6 November at Parr Hall, Warrington.

With ‘curtain-up’ at 6.30pm, the evening will feature performances from Warrington Male Voice Choir and The Combined Bands of The Lancashire Artillery and The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, audience singing of songs from the First World War, and a Service of Remembrance and Reflection led by The Rector of Warrington, St Elphin’s The Revd. Paul Wilson.

Being staged for the third year, proceeds from the evening will, once again, go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal


For more information on our combined events go to:





Phone Kerry Fletcher, Heritage Development Officer on 01606 833434 if you would like to know more about the Middlewich events or get involved!