Culture24 guide to events across UK to mark Remembrance Day

By Culture24 staff | 06 November 2009
A spitfire plane flies over a field of poppies

A special Remembrance service will be held at Imperial War Museum Duxford. Courtesy the museum.

It may be centuries since a battle took place on British soil, but all parts of the country have paid a price for the wars fought within living memory. Culture24 offers a round up of how different regions will be remembering the fallen this November.

In Scotland, visitors to Edinburgh Castle can meet soldiers from the First World War, or at least costumed characters bringing to life conditions during the conflict and in its aftermath.

The performers will be in the Great Hall on the weekend of November 7 and 8 between 11.00am-3.30pm, and you can meet them for the price of a usual ticket.

South of the border on that weekend, Imperial War Museum North in Manchester is holding a family history event. Anyone with ancestors who served in the armed forces can come and track them down during free drop-in sessions. These run from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, when bagpipes will echo through the museum in a Remembrance tribute at 11am.

The museum is also staging a family-friendly play so that children can mark the occasion. What A Performance tells the story of Violet, who works in a munitions factory while her husband is off fighting in the Great War.

Shows will take place at 12.15, 1.15, 2.15 and 3.15 on Remembrance Sunday. For further events and more info, check out The Imperial War Museum North website.

A spitfire in flight

Spitfire in flight. Courtesy of Imperial War Museum Duxford

Also on Sunday, Imperial War Museum Duxford will open its doors for free and hold a service of remembrance. After a two-minute silence at 11.00am, candles will be lit in the American Air Museum, followed by a marching display from local air cadets and Sawston Youth Group Band. The main event is at 12.30. Family activities throughout the day offer the chance to create a stained glass window or make your own poppy.

Elsewhere in East Anglia, the University of Essex Art Gallery is showing an artwork which commemorates British servicemen and women killed in Iraq. Taking the form of a series of postage stamps, Queen and Country, by 1999 Turner Prize winning artist Steve McQueen, will be on display in the garrison town until November 14.

A photo of an artist in profile

Artist Steve McQueen. © David Parry

In the West of England, there is a rare opportunity to hear the entire Cathedral Choir sing at Salisbury. Boys, girls and men will team up for a candlelit Remembrance Day concert at 7.30pm on Wednesday November 11. The bill includes Allegri’s Miserere, Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir and Harvest Hymn by Jon Simsic. Tickets are on sale at £12.50 or £10.00 from Salisbury Playhouse box office on 01722 320333.

Reflective culture is also on offer at Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum with a selection of war poetry and personal letters. Words of Remembrance will be read by award-winning actress Genevieve Swift and kicks off at 10.30. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

A photo of choirboys in a cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral is giving a rare performance from its entire choir

Londoners can pay tribute to the last remaining veterans of the First World War, who passed away this year. A Ceremony of Remembrance in their honour is being held at the Imperial War Museum on Sunday 8th. Turn up for 11.00am for a free performance of the winning piece from the In Memoriam Young Composer's Competition.

Families are also catered for at the museum by a free event called We Will Remember Them. This gives kids the chance to create their own poppy with a twist using military buttons. There are four 90-minute sessions over the weekend of the 7th and 8th, beginning at 11.00am and 2.30pm.

In a well-timed move the Annual Peace Lecture from the Movement for the Abolition of War will be held later that day in the museum cinema. The topic is climate change and the speaker is Dr Mark Levene from Southampton University.

The cosmopolitan city also offers a chance to remember the sacrifices made by all nations in times of war. South East London holds its annual Community Multi Faith Act of Remembrance at the Royal Artillery Museum at 2.30 on the Sunday. Baha'is, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Quakers and Sikhs have all been invited to attend, as are you.

The cover of a book entitled Horsham's Heroes of the Great War

An 800 page book pays tribute to Horsham servicemen of the First World War

Finally, visitors to Horsham in West Sussex will get the chance to see an 800 page book which brings together war diaries, manuscripts, newspapers, official accounts, family memories and more than 300 photographs.

Horsham's Heroes of the Great War will be launched at Horsham Museum with an exhibition starting on November 7. Author Gary Cooper will drop by to sign copies on November 14.

Our news section brings you more remembrance stories including reports on Blackpool War Memorial, Their Past Your Future Project and war memorials at Bolton Town Hall.

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