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The UK Government's First World War centenary commemoration programme The UK Government's First World War centenary commemoration programme Presentation Transcript

  • The UK Government’s First World War Centenary Commemoration Programme
  • Why is the Government commemorating the centenary of the First World War? Ø The sheer scale of the sacrifice Ø The impact of the war on the development of Britain and the world today Ø The emotional connection: the war is a fundamental part of our national consciousness
  • Ø To lead the nation in appropriate acts of remembrance and commemoration Ø To provide encouragement and support for people from all sections of society, particularly young people, to engage Ø To enable communities and individuals to participate in a way that is appropriate and meaningful to them What is the Government’s Role?
  • Ø To support and champion key organisations in their activities to generate greater awareness Ø To lead on the creation of a public programme of cultural events & activities to actively engage the public, especially those outside the usual “remembrance” audience Ø To ensure the UK plays an appropriate role in the world stage in relation to the centenary plans of Commonwealth and other countries
  • What is the Government doing? Ø Event 1: Entry of the British Empire to the War - 4 August 2014 Ø Event 2: The Gallipoli Landings - 25 April 2015 Ø Event 3: The Battle of Jutland - 31 May/1 June 2016 Ø Event 4: First day of the Battle of the Somme - 1 July 1916 Ø Event 5: Passchendaele (3rd Battle Ypres) - 31 July 2017 Ø Event 6: Armistice Day – 11 November 2018 Lead the nation in appropriate acts of commemoration on 6 key dates:
  • Deliver a programme of cultural events and activities: Ø The Programme Director will work with cultural partners and arts organisations to design an appropriate programme which will: ü Celebrate the culture inspired by the war ü Use culture to reach a wide demographic ü Deliver a shared moment of popular, UK- wide participation ü Have resonance with the centenary but which ensures the commemorations go beyond its military aspects ü Be accessible and engaging
  • Provide a framework for learning and community engagement through: Ø Delivery of national commemorative events Ø Battlefields Visits Programme Ø Government support for: HLF First World War grants programme, IWM’s Centenary Partnership, and a wide range of activity on the part of partners.
  • Governance Structure Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Advisory Group Chair: Secretary of State Prime Minister’s Special Representative Inter-Departmental Government Programme Board Chair: DCMS
  • What will success look like? Ø Educational Legacy Ø Cultural legacy Ø Community legacy Ø International legacy
  • Thank you Contact :Jennie.Shaw@culture.gsi.gov.uk www.gov.uk/ww1centenary