First World War centenary

We are commemorating the lives of those who were there on the battlefield and on the home front, and sharing their stories with you.

Stories from our places

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War memorials

We care for around 170 war memorials (about 70 from the First World War) and our places have connections to another 130 through family members, staff or other historical connections. We care for their memorials as we would for the most precious items in our collections.

Visual art and poetry

We’re working with visual artist and poet Alec Finlay at a number of our places with links to the First World War.

‘There were our own, there were the others’ will feature an art installation with contemporary and recent poetry as well as walking and poppy-seeding events.

Events & exhibitions

Our places have a great many stories to share with you through events ranging from exhibitions, talks and displays to guided walks and poppy planting. We'd love you to join us.

Our collections

Travelling case belonging to Capt. Tommy Agar-Robartes of Lanhydrock

Travelling case belonging to Capt. Tommy Agar-Robartes of Lanhydrock

Our collections include items that bring to life the many stories of those who experienced the war, on the battlefield and at home.

Stanley Spencer

Stanley Spencer’s poignant depictions of life during the First World War have temporarily left their permanent home at the Sandham Memorial Chapel in Hampshire to feature in the touring exhibition 'Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War'. The exhibition will be at Pallant House Gallery in Sussex from 15 February until 15 June 2014.

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Launching the HMS Lion in 1910

This newly restored film from August 1910 is the only live footage that exists of the Agar-Robartes family from Lanhydrock from this period. HMS Lion was the flagship of the Grand Fleet's battlecruisers and served throughout the First World War, taking part in many battles including that of Dogger Bank.