First World War - Centenary
• The Prime Minister said last autumn: “In total, over £50 million is being committed to these
centenary commemorations, and it is absolutely right that the commemorations should be given
• The Government’s principal partners in the commemorations will be IWM (Imperial War
Museums), the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
• The money given to IWM is for the new First World War galleries. The government also set aside
money specifically for First World War projects which is being distributed by the Heritage Lottery
• It will distribute £6 million over the next 6 years (although if demand is high, they may
increase this pot of money)
• Grants available will be from £3,000 - £10,000
• Funding will be available throughout the UK and open to any group
• They will particularly be looking for projects that will engage young people and communities
• Applications are welcome from May 2013
• And a decision will be made on any application within 8 weeks of receipt
Heritage Lottery Fund
Welcome to our
Boost for First World War commemorations
New grant programme to support community projects
Cheering troops on converted B-type buses in Arras,France.Read aboutour supportfor the restoration ofone ofthese 'battle buses' in London.
Yesterday we launched our new First World War: then and now grant
programme at a packed event in Parliament.
Described by novelist Sebastian Faulks as “an opportunity for every
street, town or village to remember the cataclysmic events of a
hundred years ago”, the programme offers grants of £3,000–£10,000
for community heritage projects.
We hope these will help communities across the UK deepen their
understanding of the conflict's impact, for example by:
creating a community archive or collection;
developing new interpretation of heritage;
researching, writing and performing creative material based on
Find out more and apply
We also provide grants over
£10,000 for First World War
heritage projects – find out
about all available grant
programmes and our recent
funding for First World War
veteran HMS Caroline.
You may find these pages useful:
In addition to HLF funding, Arts Council England also having grants programmes, particularly
Grants for the Arts, which may be worth investigating:
The Centenary of the Great War 1914-1918
Calendar of Events
• The following overall 4 year programme has been released by the Government (some of the dates are still
• 3-5 August 2014: Outbreak of the War
• [The Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh closes on the 3rd of August; it is hoped to use this to begin the
• 4 August 2014: National Commemoration in Westminster Abbey. Event at St-Symphorien near Mons.
Event at Folkestone where most troops embarked for France.
• 4 August 2014: Commemoration Service at Carisbrooke Castle chapel, the Isle of Wight WW1
• 5 August 2014: National Commemoration Service at Westminster Abbey.
• April 2015: Commemorations for the Gallipoli campaign led by Australia with appropriate
commemorations in the UK.
• 31May/1 June 2016:Services at Scapa Flow and the Firth of Forth.
• 1 July 2016: Centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.
• 2017: Centenary of Passchendaele.
• 2018: The last hundred days of the War ending on 11 November. National and local services
on Sunday the 11th November.
Isle of Wight
• Each organisation will seek to display and tell the story of their part in
• However you may wish to consider the social history surrounding your
organisation’s activities as it affects the Isle of Wight. On the one hand we
have the men who were recruited to go and fight. The Carisbrooke Castle
Museum has a large collection of IOW Rifles artefacts and the Hampshire
Regiment Museum is lending additional items for and exhibition in the
Museum and also for a traveling exhibition to go round the Island.
• But the effects of this conflict reached into the homes of almost every
• How was the IOW affected by the War?
• How did the War affect families, horses, transport?
• What buildings were erected both military and civil because of the War?
Isle of Wight
Faces of the Isle of Wight – those who served
and those who laboured at home.
Wives, children and old folk – each has a story
Bring them to life with their stories.
Commemoration of the
Great War 1914-1918