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First World War Centenary

First World War Centenary

First World War Centenary

The First World War Centenary was a chance to understand the war, uncover its stories and explore what it means to us today. We funded projects across the UK that focused on the events of 1914–1918 and on the lasting changes the war brought about.

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:

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 man standing in a library


What heritage means to me: Dr Robert Whan

Dr Robert Whan is Keeper of Armagh Robinson Library, the oldest public library in Northern Ireland and an accredited museum. He told us about his love of history.
Young women using horse to pull cut timber


Timber Girls

The Timber Girls project will allow women to experience a day in the life of the Women’s Forestry Service.

Participants dressed up as suffragettes during a project event


In Her Footsteps

Women of the North East explore their region's incredible connection to the First World War and Suffrage movement