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Centenary Anniversary

World War I Centenary (2014 - 2018)

2014 will mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. National plans for commemorating the centenary are fast progressing and so far include state occasions, new exhibitions, cultural activities, as well as academic debates. This page has been created to help you, your family, friends and visitors, find a commemorative project or event near you and signpost support for local groups or organisations.

We are working with our National Partner the Imperial War Museum which has a dedicated First World War Centenary website and also provides the opportunity to create 'life stories of the First World War'.

The University of Kent, through the 'Gateways Team' has coordinated and provided the 'Gateways to the First World War' website, which aims to encourage and support public interest in the centenary of the First World War . Helping you to discover events, projects and resources across the South East.

Go to the First World War Centenary Plans in Kent and Medway Blog for interesting articles and plans from across Kent.

The Historic Research Group of Sittingbourne has been researching the memorials across the Swale area and listing information can be found on the projects page of their website.

The War Memorials Trust has developed a range of resources for teachers and young people to teach and learn about war memorials, and has created a dedicated website where learning programmes are provided.

More information for research purposes can be found at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website You can find out more about an individual at The National Archives website.

Be part of an ever-growing First World War tribute - the Woodland Trust is offering an opportunity to dedicate a tree in the Centenary Woods.

World War 1 Centenary logo and soldier

Are you planning an event or project?

We are committed to support and provide guidance to the local community of Swale to mark the centenary of the First World War. If you are planning an event or activity please complete and return the World War I Centenary Project Form and we pledge to assist in promoting your commemorative activity and highlight any assistance we can provide. Health and Safety considerations and guidance on planning an event can also be found on our Guide for Event Organisers page.

Locally, Visit Swale working in partnership with Visit Kent, can upload details all WW1 Commemorative Events to a dedicated website under the banner of Frontline Kent.

Project funding options

If you need funding to make your centenary project happen please contact your local Heritage Lottery Fund for help and advice on developing your application.

In addition Members Localism Grants are also an option as well as our WW1 Centenary Project Localism Grant.

Want to take part and thinking about volunteering?

Want to become involved and help your community remember? Swale Council for Voluntary Services (CVS), volunteer centre can offer you advice and support on volunteering opportunities.

For further information about how Swale is commemorating WW1 please email or phone 01795 417399.

Community projects

Activities, projects and events in Swale to commemorate WW1.

Dates for WW1 commemorations

A timeline with key dates locally and nationally for WW1 commemorations.

Civic Journey of Commemoration to Ypres

Councillor Andrew Bowles, Leader of the Council attended annual Armistice service in Ypres, Belgium.

Art and history competition

1915: then and now - winners of the art competition for young people in Swale.

30,000th Last Post

Sittingbourne is taking part in an international tribute to commemorate the fallen of the First World War.
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