Major dates announced for UK commemoration of World War I

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The UK’s First World War Centenary Partnership, led by Imperial War Museums (IWM), will mark the Centenary of World War I by leading four-year cultural programme that includes over 500 new exhibitions and 1,500 events.

James Berresford, VisitEngland’s chief executive said: ‘A time for reflection and commemoration, the anniversary of World War I is something that will resonate across the country in 2014, shown by the outstanding level of activity across England.

‘These experiences, from new exhibitions in our leading museums and galleries to specially commissioned pieces of theatre and performance, will allow visitors and communities to mark the centenary in a way that is meaningful to them.

‘The programme being put together by Imperial War Museums and the First World War Centenary Partnership is a fitting tribute to such an important moment in history.’

A Day of Remembrance

The day Britain entered the conflict will be marked on 4 August 2014 with a candle-lit vigil at Westminster Abbey (www.westminster-abbey.org). During the evening of silence, prayers, readings and music, the congregation will see the light of candles disappear one by one until a final remaining candle is extinguished at 11pm.

For more information, visit www.1914.org.

Imperial War Museum, London

In July 2014, IWM London (www.iwm.org.uk) will open its new World War I galleries. These will comprise a newly configured atrium showcasing the collections’ larger objects.

Weapons and uniforms, diaries, letters and souvenirs will be exhibited alongside photographs, art and film – much of which has never been seen before.

The museum will also present Truth and Memory, the largest and first major retrospective of British World War I art for almost 100 years. This major exhibition, featuring over 110 paintings, sculptures and drawings from IWM’s collections, will assess the impact and legacy of Britain’s World War I art.

IWM North: From Street to Trench: A War That Shaped a Region

This exhibition in Manchester, from 5 April 2014 until 2015, will explore the North West of England during the World War I (www.iwm.org.uk).

The exhibition illustrates how the region was shaped by the conflict and how its people were caught up in hostilities.

IWM Duxford

The Cambridgeshire site will focus on the hangars and buildings that date back to the latter stages of the World War I. Visitors will be able to discover aspects of land warfare and mechanisation in the museum’s Land Warfare exhibition as well as World War I aircraft in its AirSpace exhibition.

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