Forever remembered by locals and visitors from the world over, written for evermore upon our landscapes, and engraved in the stone on graves and memorials, the First World War forms an exceptionally important chapter of our history in the Somme.
Between the 1 July and 18 November, the Somme witnessed soldiers from all over the world come to fight upon its soil. This battle is remembered as one of the most deadly international battles of the whole war.
Alongside various international, national and local authorities, the Somme Departmental Council is greatly involved in organising the commemorations of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and is scheduling a whole programme of events throughout 1914 > 1918.
Our partners include:
The French Government has entrusted the organisation of the French commemorative programme of the Centenary of the First World War to the Mission du Centenaire of the First World War, which works closely with the Somme Departmental Council and other local authorities to organise events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
« 2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War. Within government the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is leading plans to build a commemoration fitting of this significant milestone in world history. »
The cemeteries and memorials built and cared for by the CWGC across the Somme, stand as a lasting reminder of the human cost of the fighting in this region throughout the First World War. The CWGC is also working in association with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to develop a programme of events across the 141 Days.
The Imperial War Museum is marking the centenary of the Great War in 2014–2018 by leading a vibrant, four year programme of cultural activities across the UK, including Lives of the First World War, Voices of the First Word War and partnership projects.
In addition to the major events to mark the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 2016, The Royal British Legion is organising a daily service at Thiepval to commemorate the centenary of each day of the battle.
The British Council was founded to create a friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and the wider world. We call this work cultural relations.
This museum of international repute takes a natural position in the organisation of the commemorations of the centenary of the Great War with a renewal project to progressively renovate each of its permanent exhibition halls, including new multimedia devices and technology...
Somme Tourisme has worked for many years within the remembrance sector of tourism in the Somme, by notably creating the Somme Battlefields Partner network, and providing helpful information to visit the Somme Battlefields with a series of guide books, brochures, maps, leaflets and smartphone apps.
Australian Government www.ww1westernfront.gov.au
This website provides information about the Australians on the Western Front during the Great War and the Australian Remembrance Trail in France and Belgium. Find out more about their main sites of remembrance and learn about the soldiers and their units.
New Zealand Government http://ww100.govt.nz/
Find out more about New Zealand’s participation in the First World War, their centenary programme and the latest news.
Veterans’ Affairs Canada http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/first-world-war
This websites provides information about the Canadians during the First World War, their role and the different battles they were involved in. It also gives information about the various memorials that can be visited on the former battlefields.
Delville Wood www.delvillewood.com
This website provides information about the South African Memorial and Museum at Delville Wood, the battle that was held there in July 1916 and South Africa’s participation in the First and Second World Wars.