Cultural and heritage organisations from across the County have come together to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One with a 4 year programme of events and activities under the banner Worcestershire World War One Hundred.

Led by the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, the programme involves exhibitions, parades, concerts, church services, remembrance events and much more.

Highlights over the first year of commemorations include

  • June – September: Vesta Tilley Exhibition at The Commandery Worcester celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Worcestershire born music hall performer.
  • 31 July – 31 August: Woodbine Willie” Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy Exhibition at Worcester Cathedral featuring photographs and documents from the Worcester Reverend who was awarded the Military Cross.
  • 1 August – 30 September: Outbreak of War exhibition throughout The Hive featuring photographs and documents from the archives showing scenes at Home and at the Front.
  • 28 July – December: Back to Blighty Exhibition at Avoncroft Museum exploring life in Britain during WW1 and to commemorate the start of the War to WW1 inspired event days on 24 and 25 August.
  • 16 August: Military parade and family day marking the 150th anniversary of 214 (Worcestershire) Battery RA (V) Worcester City Centre followed by a Family Fun Day at Pitchcroft featuring a large collection of modern and historic military vehicles on display as well as re-enactment activities.
  • 25 October – early 2015: World War One in the Words of Worcestershire People, Worcester Museum and Art Gallery an exhibition including letters, diaries, poems and personal mementos to shed a personal insight into the emotional highs and lows of the war.
  • 1 October – April 2015: Gheluvelt Exhibition, Worcestershire Soldier galleries at Worcester Museum and Art Gallery. On 31 October an enhanced Gheluvelt Day service will take place including a parade at Gheluvelt Park, Worcester.
  • 1 November – 30 November: Remembrance Day Poppy Drop at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, a series of family remembrance activities which will culminate in a Poppy Drop and the creation of a giant poppy wreath involving schools and community groups.