World War One Centenary

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.  The city council co-ordinates a forum of partners that explores the stories from the frontline as well as on the home front through exhibitions, art installations, talks and much more.

King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, parade in front of Lancaster Town Hall

King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, parade in front of Lancaster Town Hall

Lancaster District remembers

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.  The city council co-ordinates a forum of partners that explores the stories from the frontline as well as on the home front through exhibitions, art installations, talks and much more.

See our visitor website for Events Commemorating the end of the First World War.

About the WW1 Centenary

One hundred years on, we are all connected to the First World War, either through our own family history, the heritage of our local communities or because of its long-term impact on society and the world we live in today.  Visit www.1914.org for highlights of centenary events and resources from across the globe.


Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday in Lancaster

Armistice Day will be celebrated on Sunday 11 November 2018. It will be a day to commemorate the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front. The day, which overlaps with Remembrance Day, is celebrated annually and various events will be planned across the district.

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Battle's Over - A Nation's Tribute on 11 November

As well as events across the district, there will be a nationwide day of Commemorative Events marking the Centenary of the end of the First World War.  Many parts of our district will be taking part in the various elements and are indicated below. These events will pay tribute to the millions killed or wounded in battle, and those on the home front who struggled amidst pain and loss to help ensure freedom survived.

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  • 6am: Battle’s O’er - 1000 individual Pipers across the United Kingdom and countries around the world commence the day’s commemorations with the traditional Scottish lament played at the end of battle – Battle’s O’er. (There will be a piper outside the front of Lancaster Castle - Members of the public welcome)
  • 6.55pm: The Last Post - 1000 individual Buglers sound this historic tribute at WW1 Beacons of Light locations across the Nation and UK Overseas Territories.(Outside Lancaster Priory - Members of the public welcome)
  • 7pm: WW1 Beacons of Light - Over 1000 Beacons of Light symbolising an end to the darkness of war and a return to the light of peace. (Beacons will be lit at Lancaster Castle and on the end of Morecambe Stone Jetty. The Ashton Memorial in Lancaster will be also be lit up as well) 
  • 7.05pm: Ringing Out for Peace - 1000 Cathedral and Church Bells ring out across the Nation, and beyond, in celebration of Peace. (Lancaster Priory, Lancaster Cathedral and many churches will be taking part)
  • 7.05pm: A Cry for Peace around the World - 100 Town Criers throughout the United Kingdom and other countries around the World join together in an International Cry for Peace around the World.

On the War Path – Lancaster’s WW1 walking trail

Follow a fascinating and informative self-guided walking trail around Lancaster and find out about the sites of historical significance.

Family history and resources

The King's Own Royal Regiment Museum in Lancaster as well as Lancashire County Council's Libraries and Records Office have a wealth of resources, much of it online in order to research local families and histories connected with the First World War.

Be part of the WW1 Centenary Group

WW1 Centenary Group brings together a comprehensive array of organisations from across the district. The group meets periodically, where partners can network and find out about each other’s' activities, which encourages collaboration. If you are interested in joining or would simply like to find out more about the forum please get in touch using the details below.

Participating organisations include:

Catwalks Guided Walks, Drama Factory, The Dukes, Friends of Whalley’s Field, Global Link Lancaster, King's Own Royal Regiment Museum, Lancaster Castle, Lancaster City Council, Lancashire Museums and Archive Services - Lancashire County Council, Lancaster Civic Society, Lancaster Guardian, Lancaster Military Heritage Group, Lancaster Priory, Lancaster SingersLancaster University, Morecambe Heritage Centre, Poppy Scatters, Westfield Memorial Village.


Contact

Email: mmctigue@lancaster.gov.uk
Telephone: 01524 582870

Last updated: 25 October 2018