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Commemorating the Centenary of World War One in Sussex

With 2014 the year marking 100 years since the start of World War One many special commemorations, events and exhibitions are taking place throughout Sussex. A chance to reflect on those who lived, fought and died in the War.

Museum Exhibitions

Many museums around Sussex are commemorating this special time with exhibitions and trails, giving you and the family the opportunity to learn about the Great War. 

Edmund Blunden Exhibition - 'A Harmless Young Shepherd in a Soldier's Coat' takes place at the Redoubt Fortress celebrating the life and work of WW1 poet Edmund Blunden in a fascinating exhibition (open every day until 16 Nov).  

Bexhill Museum has a World War One Heritage Lottery funded exhibition running until 7 December, named 'Bexhill Remembers', along with a new accessible digital archive.
A chance to explore Bexhill’s contribution to the Great War and discover what life was like within the resort during the war. With hands-on resources for families, children’s interpretation, costumes, military artefacts there is plenty to discover

Littlehampton Museum takes a personal look at those men from the town who fought for their country during the Great War in an exhibition 'Small Town, Great War' (27 Sept-11 Nov).

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery also take a personal approach with wartime experiences from 13 individuals showcased in an exhibition named 'War Stories' with personal letters, diaries, art and film memorabilia. 

World War One Events

Royal Pavilion Indian Military Hospital

Brighton & Hove played an integral part in World War One, by acting 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. In a pictorial exhibition, Dr Brighton’s War: Hospitals and Healing in Brighton during WW1, shows the transformation these many military hospitals made to Brighton & Hove. (9 July - 31 August, Brighton Seafront, Free admission). 

Take a trip to Batemans and experience a World War One weekend with re-enactments throughout the day and an encampment with ammunition store, field ambulance, aeroplane, mess tent and more! (2-3 August). 


World War One Events


On Location Films is proud to present Richard Attenborough's 1969 film "Oh! What A Lovely War" in the Pavilion Theatre on Worthing Pier at 2.30pm. Enjoy live performances of some of its songs by the Southwick Players in Pierrot costume. Other activities will be happening prior to the film including brass band, street theatre and guided walks along a World War One Time Line. 

The Redoubt Fortress in Eastbourne hosts an event entitled 'Commemoration of the Outbreak of World War One' on Monday 4 August. An evening of readings and hearing accounts from soldiers diaries from the First World War. This mark of respect will include bugler calls. 


More World War One Events in Sussex... 

1 April - 31 October - World War One Exhibition, Battle Museum

17 May-13 July - Exhibition Otto Dix, De La Warr Pavilion

25 July - Bexhill Museum Centenary open day 

16 & 17 August - BBC History bring WW1 to Airbourne

9 November - Service of Remembrance, Kent & East sussex Railway, Tenterden



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In a dramatic UK-wide event LIGHTS OUT is an invitation to everyone to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4th August, leaving on a single light or candle for this shared moment of reflection.


Worthing's World War One Discovery Trail

Worthing's WW1 Discovery trail; a free, interactive project, inspiring young people to commemorate the Centenary of World War One.

Valuable unrecorded material will be shared through the trail at 15 venues in Worthing's town centre. 

The Discovery Trail will run from 1 July until 1 September 2014, 10am-5pm.

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