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The UK Government's First World War centenary commemoration programme


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The UK Government's First World War centenary commemoration programme

  1. 1. The UK Government’s First World War Centenary Commemoration Programme
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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?
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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:
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. What will success look like? Ø Educational Legacy Ø Cultural legacy Ø Community legacy Ø International legacy
  10. 10. Thank you Contact