First World War Centenary
99% of people who took part in a First World Wa Centenary project said they had increased their knowledge and understanding of the war.
"It has broadened my understanding of the First World War both at home and abroad. It has made me look in directions I would not have thought about."
Communities leading the way
The National Lottery enabled people to explore wide-ranging aspects of the conflict. This included:
- stories behind the names on war memorials and of those conscripted to serve
- life on the home front
- the changing role of women
- conscientious objectors and dissent
- developments in medical care
- the contribution of diverse Commonwealth, cultural and faith communities to the conflict
People shared these stories through publications, exhibitions, films, drama and social media. Our #OneCentenary100Stories campaign features 100 of these fascinating stories of the First World War.
The national picture
Together, we conserved important First World War heritage and made it accessible, including:
- HMS Caroline in Belfast
- the cells in Richmond Castle, which held conscientious objectors
- a B-Type London bus used on the Western Front
- Yr Ysgwrn, the poet Hedd Wyn’s home in Snowdonia
Funding for First World War projects after the Centenary
You can still apply for projects exploring the First World War and its impact through the National Lottery Grants for Heritage.
A group of blind and visually impaired Derbyshire residents explored the history of the First World War and created a piece of tactile artwork.
This project explored the diary of Jack Pulman, a first-hand account of life as an overseas serviceman during the First World War.
This project focused on conserving Melton Old Church’s nationally important collection of 10 First World War grave markers while helping people connect with the heritage of the village during the conflict.
The Timber Girls project will allow women to experience a day in the life of the Women’s Forestry Service.
By exploring beyond nursing, young people from Bradford have discovered the range of women’s experiences and contributions in the First World War to create an inspiring publication.
Women of the North East explore their region's incredible connection to the First World War and Suffrage movement