Events Commemorating the end of the First World War

100 years after the end of the First World War, remember those affected or who lost their lives in battle with a series of special exhibitions and activities from across the district.


For the Fallen – Now that War Is Over
27 Sept – 24 March 2019.
Lancaster City Museum, LA1 1HT
This exhibition tells the story of the end of the Great War and the immediate aftermath for both the Regiment and Lancaster and District. The display includes a Victoria Cross, never before on public display, and a manuscript copy of Laurence Binyon’s “For the Fallen”.  Lancaster University are also staging ‘Laurence Binyon His Life and Work’ exhibitions on campus to mark the centenary of the end of WW1 and Armistice Day.


For the Fallen –  Laurence Binyon – His Life and Work
27 Sept – 28 February 2019.
Lancaster University Library, LA1 4YH (During library opening times)
Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) poet, dramatist and art scholar was born in Lancaster of local north-west ancestry.  An excerpt from his 1914 poem, For the Fallen, is recited across the English-speaking world at Remembrance ceremonies on Armistice Day commemorating the end of World War I.  This exhibition offers an insight into his life and writings and his role as Keeper of Oriental Prints and Drawings at the British Museum.


Exploring the ‘hidden histories’ of WWI in Lancashire
2017 – 2019.
Global Link explore some lesser known aspects of local WWI history which have been uncovered by their heritage volunteers. The fascinating stories include those of conscientious objectors, the lives of girls and women on the home front and in peace activism; and the impact of WWI in creating movements for peace and internationalism.


For the Fallen: Night Skies and War
14 Jan 2019 – 28 February 2019
Ruskin Library, Lancaster University, LA1 4TH
Night skies take on contradictory meanings in war. For the soldier gazing up from his trench, for the civilian heeding sounds from above, the skies contain both beauty and danger, both hope and horror.  This exhibition explores how artists, war artists and soldier poets, from Ruskin to Binyon, have grappled with the symbolism of the sky, stars and moon, as eternal nature is recast by human conflict.

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