Female dispatch rider

Picture: Female dispatch rider, photographed by Louis and Antoinette Thuillier, originally published by 'Sunday Night' (Australia). Subject currently unknown.

August 2014 saw the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Commemorations will continue on a smaller scale until November 2018, when the centenary of the Armistice will occur.

Councils the length and breadth of the country will join with voluntary and community groups to commemorate the ending of the Great War.

National government has made money available, along with the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Imperial War Museum is coordinating the First World War Centenary Partnership, an association of more than 3,000 not-for-profit organisations dedicated to marking the centenary.

The LGA is calling all councils for information about their plans for the centenary commemoration. Case studies are particularly welcome. Please email: cts@local.gov.uk

First World War centenary programme 2014-2018: Guide to engaging local communities (PDF, 13 pages 480KB)


Living archives

As preparations are made to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta next month, a publication by the LGA and The National Archives looks at how councils are ensuring that local archives remain a source of inspiration.


The Last Post project returns to mark Gallipoli centenary

Following a successful start that saw over 40,000 people take part in 2014, the Last Post project has now launched a free information and activity pack exploring the battlefields at Gallipoli.


Windhill & Wrose honours its Great War heroes

In the Bradford ward of Windhill & Wrose, a project aims to plant 7,000 trees as part of a memorial woodland project to honour local soldiers of the Great War. The project is being called 'The Big Plant' and will involve creating a new wood and extending another.


World War One Commemorations

The National Association of Civic Officers (NACO) has set in motion its inaugural annual Single Commemorative Act to mark the anniversary of World War One on 9 March 2015. (Pic OGL (MOD) LA(Phot) Rhys O'Leary)


Swale Borough Council World War I centenary

Swale Borough Council, in partnership with other organisations, is committed to supporting and providing guidance to the local community of Swale to help mark the centenary of the First World War.

Latest news

Related resources

IWM's First World War Centenary Partnership website
Join up and you can access free resources, guides and other materials

Led by IWM


First World War cultural programme

The National Archive Great War portal

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website

14-18-Now website
WW1 Centenary Art Commissions

about the soldiers, units, regiments and battles of the British Army of the First World War.

British Library World War One website

British Museum World War One exhibition

Digital War Memorial

BBC World War One website

War Memorials Trust website

Royal British Legion centenary website

LGA publications

‘Lest we forget': councils supporting the armed forces community

Making the most of your heritage assets

The visitor economy: a potential powerhouse of growth

100 years ago...

France: British troops launch the Battle of Loos to support the French in Artois. BEF uses poison gas for the first time. The day's offensives by the French and British result in the capture of more than 20,000 German prisoners.

France: French 10th Army launches an offensive at Artois following a four-day bombardment, starting the 3rd Battle of Artois. French Fourth and Second Army also launch an offensive, leading to the 2nd Battle of Champagne.

Knowledge Hub by Capacity Grid logo