Image: black and white photograph of crowds gathered in New Bond Street celebrating peace in 1918

World War I Centenary events and projects

Image: Peace celebrations in New Bond Street, Bath, 1918 (copyright: Bath in Time - Bath Central Library Collection, click here for image details)

From 2014 to 2018 events and activities will be taking place across Bath and North East Somerset to mark the centenary of the First World War.

These pages are constantly updated to provide details of how local people are commemorating the anniversary.  We are keen to hear from organisations about events and projects.  Please email details to centenary_worldwar1@bathnes.gov.uk.  

Events can be viewed in date order by scrolling through the table below, or you can select to view events by month using the links that follow.

July 2018

August 2018

September 2018

October 2018

November 2018

Date

Organisation and venue

Event

Further information

July 2018

Do you know of any WW1-related events taking place this month? Please let us know by emailing details to centenary_worldwar1@bathnes.gov.uk
Continuing this month American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath

Exhibition, check website for opening hours

Side by Side: America and World War 1

2018 marks the centenary of America's first major military action during WW1. This exhibition explores attitudes to the involvement of America in the War, and how American action helped bring an end to the stalemate.

Included in admission to the Museum; concessions available (see website)

For further details see American Museum in Britain website
Continuing this month Museum of Bath Architecture, Bath

Exhibition, open daily (see website for times)

Building Memory - The Architecture of Death and Burial in Bath

This exhibition highlights Bath's structures and spaces including war memorials and commemorative gardens erected to celebrate great lives and remember tragic loss.

Included in admission to the Museum; concessions available (see website)

For further details see the Museum of Bath Architecture website
Continuing this month Museum of Bath at Work, Bath

 Exhibition, 10.30-17.00 daily

Equal in Everything? Bath's Women, World War One and the Vote

Exhibition about the contribution of Bath's women to the war effort from 1914-1918.

Normal admission applies (concessions available)

For further information see the Museum of Bath at Work website
Continuing this month Museum of Bath at Work, Bath

Exhibition, 10.30-17.00 daily

The Pitman Soldiers - Two Diaries

Exhibition about the wide use of shorthand by volunteer soldiers to write their private journals during the First World War.

Normal admission applies (concessions available)

For further information see the Museum of Bath at Work website
16 July 2018 Literature & Humanities at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath 

Prose and poetry reading, 19.30

War Girls: Poetry and Prose by Women in the First World War

Actress Ruth Sillers reads poems and prose written by women during the war years.

£4 / £2 members and students 

For further information see event listing on BRLSI website
21 July 2018 Local organisations at Royal British Legion HG, Charlton Road, Keynsham

Workshop, 9.30-14.00

Poppy Workshop

Workshop for volunteers to attach the knitted poppies (over 9000 made locally!) to the netting that will be displayed as a cascade on St John's Church, Keynsham in November.

All volunteers welcome

For further information see Keynsham Town Council website
21-31 July 2018 American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath

Family trail, 10.00-17.00

Side by Side: Secret Spy Trail

Solve the clues and riddles to become a World War One spy

Normal admission and £2.50 per trail (includes prize)

For further details see American Museum in Britain website
29 July 2018 American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath

Exhibition event, 13.00-16.00

Side by Side: Knit for Victory

Find out about the appeal to American people to knit socks and sweaters for American soldiers in World War One.  Join museum volunteers to have a go at knitting.

Included in museum admission

For further details see American Museum in Britain website
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August 2018

Do you know of any WW1-related events taking place this month? Please let us know by emailing details to centenary_worldwar1@bathnes.gov.uk
Continuing this month American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath

Exhibition, check website for opening hours

Side by Side: America and World War 1

2018 marks the centenary of America's first major military action during WW1. This exhibition explores attitudes to the involvement of America in the War, and how American action helped bring an end to the stalemate.

Included in admission to the Museum; concessions available (see website)

For further details see American Museum in Britain website
Continuing this month Museum of Bath Architecture, Bath

Exhibition, open daily (see website for times)

Building Memory - The Architecture of Death and Burial in Bath

This exhibition highlights Bath's structures and spaces including war memorials and commemorative gardens erected to celebrate great lives and remember tragic loss.

Included in admission to the Museum; concessions available (see website)

For further details see the Museum of Bath Architecture website
Continuing this month Museum of Bath at Work, Bath

 Exhibition, 10.30-17.00 daily

Equal in Everything? Bath's Women, World War One and the Vote

Exhibition about the contribution of Bath's women to the war effort from 1914-1918.

Normal admission applies (concessions available)

For further information see the Museum of Bath at Work website
Continuing this month Museum of Bath at Work, Bath

Exhibition, 10.30-17.00 daily

The Pitman Soldiers - Two Diaries

Exhibition about the wide use of shorthand by volunteer soldiers to write their private journals during the First World War.

Normal admission applies (concessions available)

For further information see the Museum of Bath at Work website
1-19 August 2018 American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath

 Family trail, 10.00-17.00

Side by Side: Secret Spy Trail

Solve the clues and riddles to become a World War One spy

Normal admission and £2.50 per trail (includes prize)

For further details see American Museum in Britain website
25-27 August 2018 American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath

Exhibition event, 11.00-16.00

Side by Side: Here Come the Doughboys

Meet a 'doughboy' and his friends and find out about life as a soldier in the First World War.

Normal admission applies (concessions available) 

For further details see American Museum in Britain website
26 August 2018 American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath

Exhibition event, 13.00-16.00

Side by Side: Knit for Victory

Find out about the appeal to American people to knit socks and sweaters for American soldiers in World War One.  Join museum volunteers to have a go at knitting.

Included in museum admission

For further details see American Museum in Britain website
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September 2018

Do you know of any WW1-related events taking place this month? Please let us know by emailing details to centenary_worldwar1@bathnes.gov.uk
Continuing this month American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath

Exhibition, check website for opening hours

Side by Side: America and World War 1

2018 marks the centenary of America's first major military action during WW1. This exhibition explores attitudes to the involvement of America in the War, and how American action helped bring an end to the stalemate.

Included in admission to the Museum; concessions available (see website)

For further details see American Museum in Britain website
Continuing this month Museum of Bath Architecture, Bath

Exhibition, open daily (see website for times)

Building Memory - The Architecture of Death and Burial in Bath

This exhibition highlights Bath's structures and spaces including war memorials and commemorative gardens erected to celebrate great lives and remember tragic loss.

Included in admission to the Museum; concessions available (see website)

For further details see the Museum of Bath Architecture website
Continuing this month Museum of Bath at Work, Bath

 Exhibition, 10.30-17.00 daily

Equal in Everything? Bath's Women, World War One and the Vote

Exhibition about the contribution of Bath's women to the war effort from 1914-1918.

Normal admission applies (concessions available)

For further information see the Museum of Bath at Work website
Continuing this month Museum of Bath at Work, Bath

Exhibition, 10.30-17.00 daily

The Pitman Soldiers - Two Diaries

Exhibition about the wide use of shorthand by volunteer soldiers to write their private journals during the First World War.

Normal admission applies (concessions available)

For further information see the Museum of Bath at Work website
10 September 2018 Literature & Humanities at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath 

Talk, 19.30

The English Country House Between the Wars 1918-1935

Adrian Tinniswood talks about stately homes during a time of rapid social change in the inter-war years.

£4 / £2 members and students 

For further information see the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution website
19 September 2018 American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath

Talk, 19.00-21.00

Side by Side: The Great War and the Making of the Modern World

Professor Jeremy Black talks about the outcome of the First World War and the impact on our world today.

£10 includes a pre-talk drink

Advance booking required

For further details see American Museum in Britain website
30 September 2018 American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath

Exhibition event, 13.00-16.00

Side by Side: Knit for Victory

Find out about the appeal to American people to knit socks and sweaters for American soldiers in World War One.  Join museum volunteers to have a go at knitting.

Included in museum admission

For further details see American Museum in Britain website
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October 2018

Do you know of any WW1-related events taking place this month? Please let us know by emailing details to centenary_worldwar1@bathnes.gov.uk
2-13 October 2018 Bath & North East Somerset Council at Bath Central Library

Exhibition, open during library opening hours

World War 1 Remembered

The final showing of an exhibition that has toured the district during the centenary which focuses on the impact of the First World War on local people, featuring stories and images shared by local people.

Free to all 

For further details see the WW1 Remembered exhibition web page
Continuing until 28 October 2018 American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath

Exhibition, check website for opening hours

Side by Side: America and World War 1

2018 marks the centenary of America's first major military action during WW1. This exhibition explores attitudes to the involvement of America in the War, and how American action helped bring an end to the stalemate.

Included in admission to the Museum; concessions available (see website)

For further details see American Museum in Britain website
Continuing this month Museum of Bath Architecture, Bath

Exhibition, open daily (see website for times)

Building Memory - The Architecture of Death and Burial in Bath

This exhibition highlights Bath's structures and spaces including war memorials and commemorative gardens erected to celebrate great lives and remember tragic loss.

Included in admission to the Museum; concessions available (see website)

For further details see the Museum of Bath Architecture website
Continuing this month Museum of Bath at Work, Bath

 Exhibition, 10.30-17.00 daily

Equal in Everything? Bath's Women, World War One and the Vote

Exhibition about the contribution of Bath's women to the war effort from 1914-1918.

Normal admission applies (concessions available)

For further information see the Museum of Bath at Work website
Continuing this month Museum of Bath at Work, Bath

 Exhibition, 10.30-17.00 daily

The Pitman Soldiers - Two Diaries

Exhibition about the wide use of shorthand by volunteer soldiers to write their private journals during the First World War.

Normal admission applies (concessions available)

For further information see the Museum of Bath at Work website
October - November 2018 TBC Local organisations at Keynsham Station, Keynsham

Exhibition, all hours

Exhibition of photographs of Keynsham people involved in centenary activities and the story of how the trains were used to transport servicemen to the docks in Avonmouth during the war years - further details to follow.

Free exhibition on station platform 

Details to follow
7 October 2018 Bath Children's Literature Festival at Guildhall, Bath

Talk, 12.00-12.45

Suffragette: The Battle for Equality with David Roberts

David Roberts discusses the characters in his book Suffragette. Event is aimed at an audience 12+.

£6.50

For event and booking details see Bath Box Office website
17 October 2018 American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath

Talk, 19.00-21.00

Side by Side: Paris 1919, and the Big Two

This year's Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Lecture presented by Robert Lloyd-George and the Rt. Hon. Earls of Oxford and Asquith will explore how Lloyd George and Woodrow Wilson shaped the future of Europe and the wider world at Versailles.

Advance booking required

For further details see American Museum in Britain website
20 October 2018 American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath

Film screening, exhibition open 18.00 with screening at 19.30

Side by Side: Charlie Chaplin Film Screening - Shoulder Arms

A chance to see Charlie Chaplin's World War One silent comedy 'Shoulder Arms' 100 years to the day when it was released.

£10, advance booking required

For further details see American Museum in Britain website
28 October 2018 American Museum in Britain, Claverton Manor, Bath

Exhibition event, 13.00-16.00

Side by Side: Knit for Victory

Find out about the appeal to American people to knit socks and sweaters for American soldiers in World War One.  Join museum volunteers to have a go at knitting.

Included in museum admission

For further details see American Museum in Britain website
31 October 2018 Bath and North East Somerset Council with Bath Poetry Cafe at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI), Bath

Evening of readings, time TBC

Voices 1918: Remembrance Day

The final event in an annual series featuring readings of poetry, prose, letters and diary entries from 100 years ago.  Readings will be interspersed by musical items of the era performed by members of the Walcot State Choir.

Free to all, donations to Royal British Legion 

Further details will be posted nearer the time on the Poetry 1914-1918 web page
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November 2018

Do you know of any WW1-related events taking place this month? Please let us know by emailing details to centenary_worldwar1@bathnes.gov.uk

Continuing until 25 November 2018

Museum of Bath Architecture, Bath

Exhibition, open daily (see website for times)

Building Memory - The Architecture of Death and Burial in Bath

This exhibition highlights Bath's structures and spaces including war memorials and commemorative gardens erected to celebrate great lives and remember tragic loss.

Included in admission to the Museum; concessions available (see website)

For further details see the Museum of Bath Architecture website

Closing 1 November 2018

Museum of Bath at Work, Bath

Exhibition, 10.30-17.00 daily

Equal in Everything? Bath's Women, World War One and the Vote

Exhibition about the contribution of Bath's women to the war effort from 1914-1918.

Normal admission applies (concessions available)

For further information see the Museum of Bath at Work website

Closing 1 November 2018

Museum of Bath at Work, Bath

Exhibition, 10.30-17.00 daily

The Pitman Soldiers - Two Diaries

Exhibition about the wide use of shorthand by volunteer soldiers to write their private journals during the First World War.

Normal admission applies (concessions available)

For further information see the Museum of Bath at Work website

4 November 2018

Royal British Legion at Abbey Churchyard, Bath

Dedication ceremony, 13.30

Dedication of the Field of Remembrance

A short ceremony at the 'Field of Remembrance' in the churchyard outside Bath Abbey.

All welcome - just turn up

5 November 2018

Community of Keynsham, Keynsham Town Council and Keynsham in Bloom at St John's Church, Keynsham

Unveiling of Poppy Cascade, time TBC

Poppy Cascade unveiling

The people of Keynsham have been busy knitting poppies to create a cascade on the tower of St John's Church as the centrepiece of the town's Armistice and Remembrance commemorations.  During the week there will also be a parade through the town with local children (Friday 9 November), a World War One Songs singing event (Friday 9 November) and a trail of 51 poppies in Keynsham Memorial Park representing the 51 men from Keynsham who died in the conflict. 

Further details will be posted at a later date

Keep an eye on Keynsham Town Council website

9 November 2018

Holy Trinity Church, Paulton

Sing-along and exhibition, 19.30

Sing-along for the WW1 centenary

The church is hosting a music event to evoke the emotions of 100 years ago, from recruitment songs through to the joy of the Armistice.  Also on display is an exhibition marking the role of Paulton people in the Great War.

For further information see the Holy Trinity Church Paulton website

9 or 10 November 2018

The Space, Keynsham

Music and readings, TBC

An event featuring local musicians and readers including music on the theme of peace, and poems from the First World War - further details to follow

TBC

Details to follow

10 or 11 November 2018

Local organisations at Twerton, Bath

Event being planned in Twerton - details to follow

Details to follow

11 November 2018 

Local councillors and organisations at Haycombe Cemetery, Bath

Remembrance ceremony - details to follow

Details to follow

11 November 2018

Local councillors and organisations in Keynsham

Remembrance ceremony - details to follow

Details to follow

11 November 2018

Local councillors and organisations in Midsomer Norton

Remembrance ceremony - details to follow

Details to follow

11 November 2018

Local councillors and organisations in Radstock

Remembrance ceremony - details to follow

Details to follow

11 November 2018

National and local partners at Bath Abbey, Bath

Ceremony, 6.00(am)

Lone Piper 'Battles Over' Ceremony

The centenary of Armistice Day will be marked before dawn at Bath Abbey - and cathedrals around the country - by a lone piper playing 'Battles Over'.

All welcome

Details about services on Bath Abbey website
11 November 2018

Royal British Legion and Bath & North East Somerset Council at Bath War Memorial, Royal Victoria Park, Bath

Wreath laying, 10.45-11.15

Remembrance Day wreath-laying and silence

Service personnel and cadets assembled by the Royal British Legion will mark Remembrance Sunday with wreath-laying and a two minute silence at the War Memorial in Bath.

All welcome - just turn up

11 November 2018

Bath Abbey, Bath

Service, 10.30-11.30

Centenary of Armistice Service

Bath Abbey host a special service to mark 100 years to the day when the First World War ended.

All welcome

Details about services on Bath Abbey website

11 November 2018

Royal British Legion in central Bath - starting from bottom of Milsom Street

Military parade, 14.30-15.00

Remembrance Sunday Parade

The annual parade including marching bands will depart from the bottom of Milsom Street at 14.30 and march past the Guildhall (taking the salute) and on to Bath Abbey for a special service.

All welcome to watch - free 

11 November 2018

Bath Abbey, Royal British Legion and Bath & North East Somerset Council at Bath Abbey

Service, 15.00-16.00

Remembrance Sunday Service

Bath Abbey host a special Remembrance service at the end of the military parade.

All welcome

Details about services on Bath Abbey website

11 November 2018

National and local partners at Bath War Memorial, Royal Victoria Park, Bath

Ceremony, 19.00-19.30

Last Post ceremony

The Last Post will be played in Bath - and up and down the country - to mark the end of the centenary of the Armistice.

Al welcome - just turn up

11 November 2018

Saltford Parish Council, Saltford Community Association, Saltford Environment Group (History Project) and Bath Record Office at Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road, Saltford

Public event for Saltford residents, 14.00-17.00

The Great War Centenary

Local history World War One research findings will be presented at a public event.  Local residents are invited to bring along memorabilia about the First World War.

Free community event

Further details on Saltford Parish Council website

11 November 2018

Bath Camerata for Bath Mozartfest at St Mary's Bathwick, Bath

Concert, 16.30

They are at rest

Bath Camerata perform a cappella music from many of the countries caught up in the First World War, interspersed with poetry and prose read by actress Juliet Stevenson.

Tickets £12-23 

Further details and booking information on Bath Mozartfest website and Bath Box Office

13-14 November 2018

Theatre Royal Bath at Ustinov Studio, Bath

Drama production, 20.00

This Evil Thing

Written and performed by Michael Mears, the story of those who said no to war, set in 1916.

£15 / £12 concessions

For event and booking details see Theatre Royal Bath website 

16-17 November 2018

Theatre Royal Bath at Ustinov Studio, Bath

Drama production, 20.00

A Day to Remember

Written and performed by performance poet, Toby Thompson, the story of individuals involved in and affected by the Battle of Aubers Ridge in 1914.

£15 / £12 concessions

For event and booking details see Theatre Royal Bath website 

 24 November 2018

Bath Cantata Group at St Stephen's Church, Lansdown, Bath

Concert, time TBC

WW1 Remembered

Choral concert with a programme to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice to include Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace, and Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan-Williams.

Tickets - prices TBC 

For further information see Bath Cantata Group website

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