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World War One Centenary

2014-2018 marks the centenary of the First World War, which was declared on August 4th 1914 and ended on November 11th 1918, when fighting stopped while peace terms were negotiated.

Events are being held across South Gloucestershire to commemorate this significant milestone in world history.

On this page, we're pulling together local events that are part of the national and global commemorations, to help you find out more about what's on your doorstep and how you can take part.

Keep an eye on the calendar, as we'll be adding more events over the next weeks and months, and visit

www.southglos.gov.uk/ww1 for more information.

Wanted: Library Storytellers for a series of three, half hour local library sessions.

As the First World War generation are no longer here to tell our next generation what life was like, we are looking for people to take their place.

Help us pass on the stories to local primary school children, with their teachers, in a series of three half hour local library sessions over a period of three weeks.

The learning resources to be used have already been researched and written using images and information gathered from our museums and local history societies.

You will be given an introduction on how to use the learning resources which will be given in a short two-hour session (to be arranged.)

This will be short but valuable experience of story telling and working with children.


  • An interest in the First World War and how it affected the local community
  • Approachable, relaxed and friendly manner
  • An ability to spare I hour per week over three consecutive weeks in your local library and a two-hour introduction session.

Contact: Cherry Hubbard , Engagement Officer: First World War Project, South Gloucestershire.

Heritage Lottery Fund supports First World War centenary project

South Gloucestershire has received £60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the 'South Gloucestershire and the First World War' project.

The First World War Centenary project will involve local community heritage organisations working with South Gloucestershire Council to improve public engagement with the anniversary. We will be coordinating a range of activities which will help communities to access and interpret the First World War heritage held by local organisations.

World War One Centenary

Vice Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Robert Bernays OBE and Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council Cllr Howard Gawler

To mark the declaration of war in 1914, the project has created an exhibition which shows the impact of the war in this area and how communities were changed in other countries with which South Gloucestershire is now twinned.

The exhibition will tour public venues in South Gloucestershire to engage directly with local communities.

As part of the project an engagement officer from the council will work with community heritage groups and both formal and informal learning groups providing guidance and training for volunteers.

In addition, South Gloucestershire twinning associations will liaise with their counterparts in other countries to obtain material to contribute to exhibitions delivered by community organisations.

World War One Centenary Demonstrators

World War One Centenary Demonstrators

Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council Cllr Howard Gawler said: "We are grateful for the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund the development of this essential project which will provide a central base for the many centenary projects which are happening throughout South Gloucestershire. By working with the many heritage organisations in the area, this project will ensure that the centenary is commemorated locally and show the effect of the First World War on individuals and communities in South Gloucestershire."

Nerys Watts, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: "The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £57million in projects - large and small - that are marking this global Centenary; with our small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in 'South Gloucestershire and the First World War' explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local people broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world."

Click here to visit South Gloucestershire Council's World War One Centenary information.

World War One Centenary

First World War Memorials

Do you know where your nearest War Memorial is, and how it came to be there?

South Gloucestershire Council has documented every memorial in the county, with picture and historical details.

Click here to download and view the document.

Centenary Events

Do you know of a World War One Centenary event that we should include on this page? If so, please email the details to .

To find out more about national events, visit www.1914.org, a website created by the Imperial War Museum, and the Government's First World War Centenary website.

Forthcoming events

Tuesday 24th October 2017

Saturday 11th November 2017

Sunday 12th November 2017

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