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Lessons in History: 100 years of Armistice Day

7 November 2018 | Rosa Johnston-Flint

There are literally hundreds of ways to commemorate and learn about the centenary of Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War One on 11th November nearly a hundred years ago. Here are just a few...

Danny Boyle’s ‘Pages of the Sea’, nationwide
People are invited to visit selected beaches around the UK, for a unique commemoration event on Sunday 11th November.
 
Over the course of several hours, a portrait of an individual from the First World War will emerge from the sand before it is poignantly washed away by the tide.
 
For more information and a list of locations, see here.
 

Wilfred Owen Festival, Oswestry
The festival was designed to honour all those who have sacrificed their lives during times of conflict, and as a fitting tribute to Wilfred Owen in the town of his birth, coinciding with the centenary of his death and of Armistice Day.
 
A wide range of events and performances are scheduled, including poetry, drama, music, lectures, re-enactment, films, an artist’s trail, and exhibitions.
 
For more information, see here.


11th Hour Play, various
Bestselling Horrible Histories author Terry Deary has written a new play for young audiences, which embarks on a schools tour across Swindon this Autumn.

The 11th Hour is set in 1918 and tells the story of two soldiers, one German and one British, who meet with an hour left before the end of World War One. The two soldiers know they must kill each other, but before they do, their shared humanity becomes a revelation for them both. 

Additional public performances are scheduled at the Wyvern Theatre on Tuesday 13th November and the newly refurbished Bolton Museum from 19–24th November. 

Photo credit: Ali Whelehan at Alice Creative

For more information on Bolton see here, or Wyvern see here.
 

‘Pandemic 1918’ Lecture, University of York
In the dying months of World War One, Spanish flu suddenly overwhelmed the world, killing between 50 and 100 million people.
 
In Britain, 250,000 people died, in the United States it was 750,000, five times its total military fatalities in the war, while European deaths reached over two million. But at the time, news of the danger was suppressed for fear of impacting morale.
 
Published 100 years after the most devastating pandemic in world history, Pandemic 1918 uses previously unpublished records, memoirs, diaries and government publications to uncover the human story of 1918.
 
See here for more information.
 

Twighlight Tours at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow
Follow the Museum’s Social History Curator on a journey through the Glasgow Museums’ Stores, uncovering objects that tell the story of how people remembered and commemorated loved ones and events during World War One.
 
More information here. To reserve your free place, email kelvinhalltours@glasgowlife.org.uk or call 0141 276 1450

 
Wire War Horse, Stockport Library
As part of ‘Stockport Remembers’, Stockport artist and sculptor Paul Tavernor will be exhibiting his life-size wire and steel horse installation, To the Wire.
 
Standing at over 7 feet high, the horse sculpture will be displayed in the Hall of Memory. It will be wrapped in barbed wire and features 40 red poppies, with each flower representing 200,000 horses and mules killed in WWI: a staggering 8 million service animals in total.
 
More information can be found here
 
 
Indian Military Hospital Gallery, Brighton Royal Pavilion
From December 1914 to February 1916, the Royal Pavilion was used as a hospital for troops from the Indian Corps wounded on the Western Front in France and Flanders during World War One.
 
Paintings, archive photographs, contemporary accounts and film footage recall in vivid form a remarkable and often forgotten story from Brighton’s history.
 
For more information, see here.
 

‘Goodbye to all that?’, Leeds University Library Galleries
What happened after the guns fell silent on the Western Front?
 
The exhibition tells the stories of the people of Yorkshire, and beyond, getting used to life after the "War to End All Wars". With themes of grief, memory, disability, women’s rights and politics, the stories still resonate today.
 
For more information, see here.

 
‘The Battle of the Ancre’ Screenings, nationwide
 

Projections of The Battle of the Ancre (IWM) 1917 by GH Malins & JB McDowell will be taking place across England, including with live orchestra in Bristol, Skipton and Halifax.
 
The original Somme100FILM project ran from July 2016 to July 2017, and heard 100 live film score orchestral performances, marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
 
For more information, see here.
 
 
The ‘Bombed Out Church’, Liverpool
The last bomb-site in Liverpool, which was hit during the May Blitz of 1941 in World War Two, St Luke’s is testament to the brave people who lived and died during the 'World War' conflicts.
 
A minute’s silence at 11am with local choirs performing round the Truce Statue within the gardens, as well as poetry and bell ringing.
 
Events take place on Sunday 11th November.
 
For more information, see here.

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