The First World War centenary is the centenary of World War One which starts in 2014 and will last until 2018.
Countries which are planning official commemorations include Australia, New Zealand, France, the UK and Turkey.
In France, the government will carry out a policy of national remembrance.
In the United Kingdom, the Imperial War Museum (IWM) is leading a national programme of commemorative events and is planning new galleries for the occasion.
The BBC will mark the centenary period with around 2,500 hours of television, radio and online programming over four years ( BBC First World War centenary season). The programming will include documentaries, drama, arts and music, commemorative programmes and programmes for children and schools.
In the European Union, Europeana has three digital projects to commemorate the First World World across Europe. These will make a range of materials freely available on the web.
- Europeana Collections 1914-1918, which will make available 425,000 items from European libraries.
- Europeana 1914-1918, which digitizes and makes available stories and objects brought to collection days across Europe.
- EFG1418, the European Film Gateway collection of films and related documents from the war.
In Australia, the occasion is known as the Anzac Centenary. Committees planning the event include For more information visit the Anzac Centenary website.
Official Anzac Day commemorations will be held at Gallipoli Turkey on 25 April 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing (visit the Gallipoli 2015 website).
The USA and New Zealand will also participate in international commemorative activities.
From 2014 to 2018, across the world, nations, communities and individuals of all ages will come together to mark, commemorate and remember the lives of those who lived, fought and died in the First World War. IWM (Imperial War Museums) is leading the First World War Centenary Partnership, a network of local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations. Together, through the First World War Centenary Programme, a global programme of cultural events and activities, and online resources, we are connecting current and future generations with the lives, stories and impact of the First World War. Join us and take part in this global commemoration.
Mission Centenaire 14-18 was launched by the French Government. It is responsible for developing, supporting and publicising France’s Centenary commemorations programme over the four year period. The website contains news about France's Centenary plans, as well as a number of resources, including photo archives.
Events, research projects and commemorative ceremonies will be taking place during the four years of 2014 to 2018, marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War. This page is intended to offer information and links to events, websites and projects which are making special arrangements to mark the centenary.
The WWI Centennial Network is an American based organisation, which focuses on commemorating the First World War. It is a collaborative association of organizations, museums and historic sites in the United States related to the First World War. The goal of the Network is to further public awareness of the history and memory of The Great War (1914-1918). To this end, the World War I Centennial Network fosters collaboration and cross-promotion of the special events, commemorations and exhibits created by its members.
From 2017 through 2019, the United States World War One Centennial Commission will
coordinate events and activities commemorating the Centennial of the
Great War. The Commission is responsible for planning, developing, and executing
programs, projects, and activities to commemorate the centennial of
World War I; encouraging private organizations and State and local
governments to organize and participate in activities commemorating the
centennial of World War I andfacilitating and coordinating activities
throughout the United States relating to the centennial of World War I.
World War One
This site has been launched to provide news and information about the upcoming 2014-2018 First World War Centenary. It is owned and editorially controlled by a not-for-profit social enterprise, Centenary Digital Ltd. The website contains news items, videos, details of events, educational resources, and links to articles and blogs. The site also includes a summary of organisations who are involved with the study of the First World War, or who are planning Centenary events.
This list of links contains a multitude of online resources for pictures, audio files, maps, and other multimedia elements related to WWI. Please note that this is a work in progress.
The content will offer teachers and students a range of useful information for study on First World War topics.
Europeana Collections 1914-1918 will create by 2014 – the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War – a substantial digital collection of material from national library collections of ten libraries and other partners in eight countries that found themselves on different sides of the historic conflict.
This exhibition makes available an online selection of unique and richly varied source material on the First World War, set in its historical context. It provides resources for a wide variety of adult learners in the field of modern history. Discover more about what the British writer H G Wells called 'the war that will end war'.
This Dutch and English language website provides information about many aspects of the First World War. It provides access to other sites concerning the conflict and is a source of useful information for students.
A German-speaking site concerning many aspects of the First World War shows the chronology of the conflict and the effect of the war on Germans' everyday lives.