World War I: Anniversaries

Church Commissioners written question – answered on 7th July 2016.

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To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, whether the Church of England has plans for educational projects to commemorate the First World War in addition to existing centenary events.

Photo of Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman The Second Church Estates Commissioner

The Church of England has led many of the commemorative events for the First World War at a local and national level. It would not be possible to list all the activities taking place now and in the future to commemorate the sacrifice of those who fought in the First World War, but each diocese and parish is marking the centenary in its own way.

A number of dioceses have produced their own resources for use in schools, and in children and youth groups (an example from the Diocese of Derby is here: http://www.derby.anglican.org/en/resources/ww1/educational-resources/educational-resources-1.html ). Church schools have made creative use of local and family history stories, and organised visits to battlefields and cemeteries, to bring the experiences of those who fought in the War vividly to life.

Parishes have also used churches and war memorials to highlight the service and sacrifice of local people in the First World War. Often working alongside the War Memorials Trust, parishes have taken part in the repair, restoration and cleaning of war memorials, with many recording the names and researching the service histories of those commemorated.

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