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What First World War educational projects and events are taking place in Hampshire, Sussex, Kent & Medway in 2014/15?

Last updated February 2014

Listed in this article are details about over 30 First World War Centenary projects and events taking place in Hampshire, Sussex, Kent & Medway. Funded by the Heritage Lottery fund or local authorities most of these activities are free to schools. To find out more about an event or to learn how your school can take part please e-mail the individual named or visit the project website.

Planning a history or cross - curricular project for your school to commemorate the centenary of The First World War?

Listed below are a set of planning documents released by the SEGfL Associates to assist teachers plan a local study or enquiry based First World War Local Study project.

These resources can be photocopied and distributed free of charge.

National First World War Events planned for 2014?

Details about national and major Centenary events taking place outside the South-East region can be found on the websites listed below:

First World War Centenary

Royal British Legion

Imperial War Museum

World War I on the BBC

1914. org 

Projects and events taking place in Kent & Medway

National Children's Football Alliance

The NCFA exists to support all forms of football and protect childhood through football. Click on the link below to find out more about the Celebration of Peace through sports day at Maidstone United Football Club on the 25th April 2014 and about The Christmas Truce Schools project planned for later in the year.

Screen South Kent in World War I

The Kent in World War I project will tell the stories of the people of Coastal Kent through the hostilities. The projects intention is to make people feel real and lift them from merely being a name on a list being an actual person who lived in a certain house or went to a local school.

Swale Area School Poetry and Creative Writing Competition - 'Remembrance'

Swale Borough Council World War One Steering Group has invited all Swale Schools (Primary and Secondary) to take part in poetry and creative writing competition with the theme of 'Remembrance'. Students are encouraged to write a poem or a piece of creative writing to commemorate the centenary of World War One in 2014.  Individual entries can be up to five hundred words. The competition will be open to four age group categories: Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Sixth Form.

The timeline for the project is as follows: September 2013 letter sent to all schools in Swale, Easter 2014 - Competition entries close, May / June 2014 - Judging panels meet to assess entries and select winners. There will be an awards / presentation event hosted by The Isle of Sheppey Academy in the theatre on the West Site in Sheerness in July 2014. A prize of £100.00 will go to the winning school in each category and pupils will receive a certificate and books.

Schools may wish to hold their own competitions and put forward their own individual winners for judging. If you have any questions or queries please contact Mr Paul Murray or Mrs Cathy Stevens of the Isle of Sheppey Academy who are leading on this competition email or  or call 01795 873591.

The Western Front Association

The Western Front Association has some funding available for educational projects. Information about how to apply can be found on the Association's website and in its newsletters.

Advance notice: The Association is working with Kent University on The Kent in World War One Conference. Full details about the day will published on the Association's website later in 2014. 

The War Memorials Trust

Contact the War Memorials Trust to find out how your school can be involved in repairing and conserving our nations War Memorials.

Animate Arts Company

Want to work with artists for commemorate the FWW?

"As a group of professional artists, performers and makers, who work all over Kent, and have a joint vision to place creativity in the heart of local communities.  We've been running for over 11 years now, and have produced and delivered a wide range of projects on a variety of scales. If you fancy having a look at some of our work, we have a growing portfolio on our website"

The Animate Arts company would like to hear from schools and colleges interested in creating their own presentations and shows about The First World War.

For more information contact:

'For the Fallen - (Free film and heritage) and Screening of 'The First and the Last'

The Royal Engineers Museum, Library and Archive (REMLA), Blue Town Heritage Centre (BTHC) and Viola films have received £9,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the For the Fallen project, for Medway and Swale. Awarded through HLF's First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus on creating new short films that challenge participants to think 'Why should we commemorate the First World War?' The project has also been fortunate to receive £4,790 from Creative People and Places Swale and Medway.

Viola Films are now recruiting for participants.

Interested in taking part?

Contact:  Debra McGee    Producer, Viola films

Mob:    +44 (0) 7946 302 974    Email:

Screening of 'Time Bleeds' (Viola Films)

Inspired by war games and other films Viola Films used local teenagers to make the film.

The next phase of our work is to in partnership with The Royal Engineers Museum and Blue Town Heritage Centre deliver free acting master classes for young people based around artefacts which will be made into short films.

For more details visit 

'The First and the Last'

The film told from a Belgium perspective traces the timeline of the First World War. Andrew Morgan of the Shornecliffe Trust can make copies available for interested schools. The film was commissioned by Belgian tourist board.

For more details visit the website:  

National Portrait Gallery - The Great War in Portraits

The Great War in Portraits examines the radically different roles, experiences and destinies of those caught up in the conflict.

This free exhibition opens on the 27th February 2014 and runs until the 15th June 2014.

Ashford Museum - World War I

Ashford Museum has built a WW1 trench to show life in the trenches. There is a periscope for pupils to view across no mans land, semaphore for them to try plus all the usual items used during the war.

This exhibition is free exhibition and starts on the 1st April 2014 and runs until the end of October.

The Museum is also holding a joint event with Ashford Borough Council, the R.E.M.E. and The British Legion on the 4th August 2014. 

Projects and events taking place in Hampshire 

Hampshire's Big Theme 1914 

Use this website to find out how Hampshire is marking the centenary of the beginning of the First World War through events and exhibitions taking place throughout 2014.

Throughout the coming year this site will share personal stories that help to understand Hampshire's unique role in the conflict, showcase related items from the collections and provide previews and trailers of the forthcoming exhibitions.

Havant's Heroes

HLF Young Roots project to work with young people at Havant College and feeder schools in Havant in 2013-14. The young people are researching names on their WW1 war memorial as well as learning skills of archive research and film-making. The outputs will include an exhibition and learning resources, including a film, for use in feeder schools throughout 2014-2018.


HLF Young Roots project to work with young people in Fareham & Gosport District in 2013-14 (Bridgemary, Crofton, Wildern and one other group). The young people will be researching their family history and local history relating to WW1 as well as learning skills of curating, exhibitions and oral history. Visiting Hampshire Archives in January 2014 to undertake research using a wide range of archive material. The main output will be an exhibition entitled A Soldier's Journey.

For more information contact: David Bond, HCC Archives and Local Studies Education Officer           E-mail:

First World War Activity Days

Hampshire CC Archives and Local Studies recently ran a creative workshop to encourage artists/actors etc to engage with stories from the Archives. We will be running a couple more Voices of the First World War workshops which will take place from 2-5pm on 26th March and 30 April 2014 cost £12 per delegate.

For more information contact: David Bond, HCC Archives and Local Studies Education Officer  E-mail:


Connections is a 3 year funded project led by Forest Forge Theatre Company. This links 3 arts venues (Forest Forge in New Milton, The Spring in Havant and The Lights in Andover) and community groups. Each venue has nominated 1 school and 1 museum (plus archives) to work with across the 3 year project. Year1 is Battle lines - Hampshire at war (the two world wars and modern warfare), Yr2 Waiting (Hampshire's railways) and Yr3Waterways (Hampshire canals and ports). 

Netley Hospital during the First World War

Two major outdoor events are planned and will be taking place in Royal Victoria Park this summer.

May 3rd 2014: From Empire to Armageddon: Netley Hospital during World War I

July 27th 2014: Commemorating the Great War

Projects and events taking place in Sussex and Brighton & Hove 

Bexhill Remembers Project

Exhibition and archive project for 2014, opening Saturday 1 March 2014.

Local people will uncover the part played by Bexhill residents in the First World War, thanks to a £35,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Bexhill Museum will be running the project that will be completed in time to mark the centenary of the start of the War in August 2014. The museum, which was itself opened in 1914, holds a rich collection of artefacts and material relating to the conflict, but not all of the records, letters, diaries and documents have been studied in depth, until now.

Adur & Worthing First World War Centenary website

Visit the website for details about Remembrance Services, Centenary and local Royal British Legion events taking place in Shoreham, Southwick and Worthing throughout 2014.

Worthing Museum & Art Gallery Exhibition: Behind the scenes with the First World War

A rotating display on the ground floor of the Museum with objects from all parts of the Worthing Museum collection that are usually not on display. The display will show the international and local impact of the start of the First World War.,details,115797,en.html

Royal Pavilion, Museum and Libraries Brighton

War Stories: Voices from the First World War 

12 July 2014 to 1 March 2015            Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1, Brighton Museum presents this major exhibition bringing to life the wartime experiences of twelve individuals whose intensely personal memories and extraordinary stories reveal the impact of war.

Steeplechasing Shell Holes: A Young Man's War 

1 April to 30 September 2014          Preston Manor

Vere Benett-Stanford, heir to Preston Manor, served in the Royal Field Artillery during World War I. This fascinating display of personal archive material, photographs, letters and medals reveals a glimpse into his experiences of war in France.

Dr Brighton's War: Hospitals and Healing in Brighton during WW1 

9 July to 31 August 2014           Brighton Seafront

Brighton played its full part in the Great War, not only by providing hundreds of young men to fight, but also as 'Doctor Brighton' a hospital city where wounded soldiers were sent to recover in healthy 'Sussex by the Sea' before being sent back to their regiments or discharged into civilian life. 
This pictorial exhibition on Brighton seafront tells how Brighton [and Hove] was transformed by the presence of the many military hospitals required to treat the increasing number of casualties returning from the Front. As a seaside resort the city was ideally suited to entertaining these young men and distracting them from the horrors of war, but more importantly, Brighton played its part in retraining the seriously injured and preparing them for their integration back into society after life-changing injury.
The exhibition features images from photographs, postcards and posters held in Brighton Museum collections.

For more information about the South East Schools First World War project contact:

Phil Bracegirdle - South East Grid for Learning Associates


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