Lewisham Council - First World War Centenary

First World War Centenary

Find out more about the borough and World War One and events taking place locally to mark its centenary.

Get involved in the commemorations by:

  • attending an event
  • researching your own family links with the war
  • contributing to one of our local history wikis
  • starting a project in your own school or community group.

The Local History and Archives centre has set up three wikis to help people explore and document the boroughs links to the First World War:

Somme100 Film

In September 2016, Lewisham Local History and Archives Centre is taking part in the Somme100 FILM project to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. This international project aims to screen the iconic 1916 silent film The Battle of the Somme together with a live orchestra playing a modern score.

The Lewisham event will be at the Broadway Theatre on Friday 30th September 2016. The film will be accompanied by The Angel Orchestra conducted by Peter Fender. They will be performing Laura Rossi's 2006 score commissioned by IWM for the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The evening will also include an introduction to the film by Dr Toby Haggith, Senior Curator at IWM and Laura Rossi, composer.

The Battle of the Somme by Geoffrey Malins and J B McDowell is revolutionary documentary, using footage captured by cameramen who for the first time were embedded within the British Army.  The film documents the lead up to this major battle of the First World War, the battle itself and the tragic aftermath. So many saw the film on its release in 1916 that it held the UK Box Office record until Star Wars was released in 1977.

Bookings through The Broadway Theatre.

For more information see; http://lewishamfww.wikidot.com/somme100-film 

Schools' projects

Professor of Twentieth Century History at Goldsmiths, University of London, Professor Richard Grayson has worked with The Hemel Hempstead School to create, through recorded and transcribed interviews, an internet archive of memories of war which would otherwise be lost.

There is also a guide for schools in which Professor Grayson explains how to adapt the project to your own school or community.

Researching family links

To mark the centenary, the Imperial War Museum is creating Lives of the First World War to help reveal 8 million stories of men and women from Britain and the Commonwealth.

Events across the UK and the World 

Take part in the global commemoration. Use this Imperial War Museum led site, which lists this centenary events and resources from across the globe.

Events in the borough

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Local History and Archives Centre
Local History And Archives Centre
Lewisham Library
199 201 Lewisham High Street
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