First World War: Commemoration

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th October 2012.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what preparations are being made to commemorate in 2014 the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Photo of Viscount Younger of Leckie Viscount Younger of Leckie Lords Spokesperson (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

On 11 October 2012 the Prime Minister announced a series of measures to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Working with key partners including the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Imperial War Museum and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Government's preparations will include national commemorations for key events such as the outbreak of the war on 4 August 2014, the first day of the battle of the Somme on 1 July 2016 and Armistice Day 11 November 2018. The centenary will also provide the foundations upon which to build an enduring cultural and educational legacy. A new centenary education programme, with more than £5 million of new government funding, will include the opportunity for pupils and teachers from every state secondary school to research the people who served in the Great War. Also, the Centenary Partnership Programme will promote a series of community-based initiatives, and a further£5 million will be made available to support the Transforming Imperial War Museum London project.

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