National Army Museum Announces Nationwide Plans for First World War Commemorations

16th August 2013

Further to the government’s recent announcements on the First World War Centenary Commemoration, the National Army Museum is announcing its own packed programme of national, regional and digital activities.

British troops in France

Kick-starting in 2014, the Museum’s four year-long nationwide programme of commemoration will span the country from Wales and the West Country up to the North East of England, delivering a diverse range of thought-provoking exhibitions, permanent displays, partnerships and public events at Regimental and regional museums.

The Museum will be focusing these activities across three key stages:

• Outbreak: The outbreak of war and mobilisation (2014-15)
• The experience of war (2016-17)
• The memory of war (2018)

Each stage will consist of a range of activities marking the extraordinary and life-changing nature of the conflict, highlighting the personal and professional experiences of the men and women of the British Army and soldiers of the Empire and Commonwealth who came from across the world to fight together.

During the commemorative period NAM’s Outreach and Learning teams will be busy travelling Britain, offering associated learning programmes and resources to support the commemorative activities and participate in national commemorative events. They will also be supporting the National Theatre’s War Horse touring production as it travels the country, offering learning sessions to schools.

To aid present-day researchers and provide a legacy for future generations, the Museum is hard at work to develop a range of interactive digital resources and education activities available from 2014.

Janice Murray, Director General of the National Army Museum, said “The First World War centenary offers an important opportunity for the nation to reflect and recognise this seminal moment in British history. The Museum has planned a programme of activities that explores this national story, using original artefacts to tell the courageous and crushing stories of soldiers and their loved ones who lived and died during the conflict. Spanning the four years of commemoration, the Museum’s remarkable Collection will be fully exerted to communicate the full impact of this global war”.

The First World War shaped the lives of millions. 100 years on its legacy is still felt by families, communities and nations. To mark its significance, the National Army Museum will join with other members of the First World War Centenary Partnership and with Regimental museums across the country to realise the government’s plans for a truly national commemoration.

To find out more about the Museum’s commemoration plans and the projects in detail please see

The Museum’s First World War plans form part of its Building for the Future project which will see the radical transformation of the Museum building as well as an extensive programme of community projects, nationwide tours and travelling exhibitions, together with Regimental Museum collaborations, loans and expert support

The Building for the Future project is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Museum has received initial support towards its £11.3m HLF bid, including, £350,000 development funding.