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.

Sandham's new garden of reflection

A new garden of reflection opens at Sandham Memorial Chapel on 4 August as Stanley Spencer’s remarkable paintings return following their exhibition tour.

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From stately home to hospital

In 1914, Dunham Massey, the stately home of the Grey family, was transformed into Stamford Military Hospital, caring for wounded soldiers from all over the British empire. One humdred years later, the house has turned back the clock, using hands-on displays and actors performing scenes based on real events to really show what it was like for the patients and nurses who stayed there.