Remembering the First World War: Centenary exhibitions and events

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. Places across the country will be hosting exhibitions and events to commemorate the Armistice, from poetry readings to art installations. Come along to discover the stories of these locations, and remember those whose lives were affected by the conflict.

The Lucy family scrapbook documents their involvement in the First World War

Charlecote Park, Warwickshire 

War and the Charlecote Estate, from 29 September

Like so many families, the lives of the Lucy family of Charlecote were significantly changed by the First World War. Using personal documents and photographs lent by the family, this exhibition explores their experiences of the war and the impact on the wider estate and local area.

Making the Cotehele garland at Cotehele, Cornwall

Cotehele, Cornwall 

Dulce et Decorum Est exhibition, until 6 January 2019
Building the Commemoration Garland, 29 October – 9 November 2018
Commemoration Garland display, 10 November 2018 – 6 January 2019

Cotehele’s stirring four-year exhibition about the First World War comes to an end this January, but you still have time to come along and see the photos, trench art and personal items loaned by the local community. Also this year, the traditional Cotehele Christmas Garland will be accompanied by a special Commemoration Garland, designed by West Country artist Dominique Coiffait in remembrance of the 1918 Armistice.

Four Women World War One exhibition

Coughton Court, Warwickshire 

Four Women - One War, until 4 November

During World War One, the women living on the Coughton estate frequently organised fundraising events to support soldiers on the Western Front and provide aid to wounded servicemen – all while raising their families and taking on work that had traditionally been carried out by men. This year you can uncover the stories of four local women and find out how their lives became entangled in larger national concerns around women’s duty, citizenship, health, and suffrage.

Black and white archive image of Stamford Military Hospital patients and staff during World War One

Dunham Massey, Cheshire 

Imagining the Stamford Hospital, 14 September – 11 November

Visit Dunham Massey to find out more about Penelope, Lady Stamford – and her decision to open the house as a hospital during the First World War. Walk around the house, gardens and park to discover the fascinating story through surviving photographs and artistic installations. You’ll also uncover the stories of the remarkable women who worked in the hospital and helped a total of 282 soldiers to recover.

The Mansion at Greys Court

Greys Court, Oxfordshire 

Sir Felix and the First World War, 1 – 30 November

To commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One, you can uncover the story of a key figure in Greys Court’s history; Sir Felix Brunner. From his first battles on the Western Front to the effects the war had on his life after 1918, this moving exhibition charts Sir Felix’s experiences, and those of the local men who fought alongside him.

View of Sandham Memorial Chapel exterior

Sandham Memorial Chapel, Hampshire 

Armistice Day Service, 11 November

Sandham is a working chapel, dedicated to the memory of Henry Sandham, and decorated with 19 moving paintings by artist Stanley Spencer who served on the same front as Henry. Every year the chapel hosts an Armistice Day service, which will have a particular poignancy this year as it marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. Reverend Michael Chatfield from RAF Odiham will conduct the service, which will include music, prayer and time for reflection.