Armistice Commemorations 2018

Armistice 2018
Worcestershire World War One Hundred

Commemoration Event Listings

We have put together a short summary of the many events and activities taking place in the city to commemorate the end of World War One on Remembrance weekend.  Worcestershire World War 100 is an outstanding programme of events and activities commemorating the role Worcestershire played in World War 100. For more information, visit their website here.

The People’s Collection
Tuesday 30 October – Monday 12 November

The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PD

Part of the Worcestershire World War One Hundred programme – The People’s Collection has been four years in the making with the team collecting letters, photographers and objects from across the County.

Studdert Kennedy Exhibition
Monday 5 – Sunday 11 November, 7.30am – 6pm 

Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester WR1 2LA
Free admission

An exhibition of the life and work of “Woodbine Willie”, Rev. Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy MC, vicar of St. Paul’s, Worcester and Army Chaplain.

Remembrance at The Hive
Friday 9 November, 10am – 8.30pm

The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PD
Free admission – booking is required for the film screening.

A day of remembrance and commemoration. Throughout the day, join Discover History and the Worcestershire World War One Hundred Bell Tent in the atrium to find out more about the First World War at Home and at the Front.

Activities will include:

  • 6pm: Join members of Dancefest’s Worcester Gifted and Talented group and Worcestershire Junior Youth Dance Company for a free performance of When They Come Home. This moving dance piece, created with choreographer Clare Wood, explores the support of the soldiers for each other during World War One and how this support helped them to get through horrendous and unimaginable times.
  • 6.30pm: There will be another chance to watch the iconic 1916 film The Battle of the Somme featuring the acclaimed score by Laura Rossi. This screening is FREE however booking is required here.

Armistice Remembrance Service and Poppy Drop
Sunday 11 November, all day

Worcester City Centre and Worcester Cathedral
Free admission, all welcome.

A day of remembrance at Worcester Cathedral and Cathedral Square.

  • 6am: ‘The Battle’s Over: a Nation’s tribute’ lone piper playing at the Cenotaph
  • 10am: Remembrance Sunday Service, followed by the wreath laying service at the war memorial
  • 11am: Two-minute silence
  • 11am: Poppy Drop opposite the Cenotaph
  • 11.15am: Procession back to the Guildhall where the Lord Lieutenant and the Mayor will take the salute as the Remembrance parade marches past
  • 12pm–4pm: Half muffled peal of bells on the harmonic minor for Remembrance Sunday, Armistice and the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War

Quiet Revolution: gentle heroism on the home front
Sunday 11 November
2.30pm at The Guildhall, High Street, Worcester WR1 2EY
6pm at Fort Royal Park, Worcester WR5 2DJ (part of the Beacons of Light event)

Two of Dancefest’s performance groups, DFA (Dancefest Adults) and Chance to Dance Company, come together with choreographer Marie Oldaker, to perform a stirring and poignant piece of dance theatre that highlights how the First World War fundamentally changed the roles of women.

The First World War brought about a quiet social revolution on the Home Front, as many women came out of domestic service to take on the traditional roles of men – in factories, on the land and in skilled trades.

Having waved their loved one’s goodbye, women were fighting the Great War on their own doorstep. Enduring loss, adversity and hardship, they discovered a new sense of purpose and dignity in comradeship, delicate-activism, unity and liberation.

These will be the final performances of this moving piece, much loved by both its dancers and audiences, since its creation in 2014.

The performances are free, you can find out more here.

Ringing out for peace
Sunday 11 November, 7.05pm

Churches across Worcestershire
Free admission

Battle’s Over – Ringing out for Peace. There will be a simultaneous ringing of church bells across the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories as an act of commemoration.

Drop-in Armistice activities
Saturday 10 November, 10am – 4pm

The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester WR1 3PD
Free admission – booking is required for the talks and the film screening.

Drop in to The Hive to visit the People’s Collection and see the Worcestershire World War One Hundred Bell Tent. During the day you can view the wall of handcrafted poppies, representing Worcestershire men and women who lost their lives in the Great War, and get involved with family activities including making your own poppies.

A programme of activities will take place throughout the day, including:

  • 1pm: Paul Hudson talking on World War One research. Book here
  • 2pm: Gillian Roberts exploring stories from Worcestershire’s First World War featured in The People’s Collection and Sarah Ganderton talking about Worcestershire’s Health and the First World War. Book here
  • 4pm: There is another chance to view The Battle of the Ancre and The Advance of The Tanks (1916). this is a little known masterpiece of British non-fiction cinema which documents the autumn and winter stages of the Somme campaign on the Western Front. Book here.

Voices of Remembrance with the Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra
Saturday 10 November, 7.30pm

Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester WR1 2LA
Tickets available from Worcester Live Box Office 01905 611427. £20, £15, £10. At least £5 from each ticket sold will be donated to support the work of military charities in Worcestershire.

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI this concert features music by English award-winning Composer Laura Rossi, Orchestral and choral work as well as poetry readings. Worcester Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Keith Slade Worcester Cathedral Choir Children’s choirs from the Rivers C of E Multi Academy Trust.

Wreath laying for ‘Woodbine Willie’
Sunday 11 November, 3pm

St John’s Cemetery, MacIntryre Road, Worcester, WR2 5LH
Free Admission

Wreath laying at the grave of Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy “Woodbine Willie”.

Armistice Activities
11 November, 11am – 4pm

Worcester City Museum & Art Gallery, Foregate St, Worcester WR1 1DT
Free admission – booking required for Harvey’s War Letters at 12noon.

Live music, WWI letters and hands on craft activities. Suitable for families.

Activities include:

  • 10.55am:  Museum and Art Gallery opens
  • 11am-3pm: Children’s crafts, poppy making
  • 12noon: Performance of Harvey’s War Letters. Performed by the Cavan Trio- Janine Parsons (piano), Corinne Frost (cello) and Helena Cavan (composer/poet), Harvey’s War Letters is a remarkable and moving programme of music and poetry inspired by letters sent from the trenches by Harvey George Frost (1893-1974)- all the more poignant when noted that Corinne is Harvey’s granddaughter. With music by Elgar, Granados, Butterworth, Piazzolla and a specially commissioned new work, it is a truly uplifting and original way of commemorating the end of the Great War.  Harvey’s War Letters is a free but ticketed event – please book your place by calling the Art Gallery on 01905 25371.
  • 3pm: Bugler followed by poppy drop inside the Museum & Art Gallery
  • 4pm: Event closes

Throughout the afternoon you can join in with tours of the Worcestershire Soldier Gallery and take a look at the watercolours from the Mediterranean Campaign.

WWI Beacons of Light
Sunday 11 November, 7pm

Various locations including Fort Royal Park, Worcestershire Beacon and The Malvern Hills.
Free admission

As part of Battle’s Over, more than 1,000 Beacons of Light will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories as an act of commemoration.

At Fort Royal Park join the event from 6pm for a performance of Quiet Revolution by Dancefest. Dancefest is encouraging their audience at Fort Royal Park to bring torches (including on their phones) to help light their performance and create a poignant, dramatic atmosphere as they mark this very important day.

The evening includes poetry and an exhibition.

Please note: the performance is outdoors at the top of the park so we’d recommend you wrap up warm and wear appropriate footwear.

The events are free, you can find out more about Quiet Revolution here