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World War One Centenary


August 2014 marked the outbreak of war between Britain and Germany 100 years ago.
On 4th August a national campaign commenced to light 1 million candles across the UK in memory of all those men and women who fought and died for our country in world war one.
On 6th August the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre opened a new exhibition about WW1, the role of women in the war, fishermen and merchant men and local people who fought and died. Entrance free, open 11am to 4pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Like most wars, it was thought it would be over quite quickly, but for Scarborough it soon came home to roost with the tragic bombardment of the town on 16th December 1914. 18 civilians were killed in a seaside town by a foreign power and that was just the beginning. Over the next 4 years, three quarters of a million British men would lose their lives in the fight against a country that what was once one of our closest neighbours.

The Scarborough Archaeological & Historical Society presented a series of lectures during the 2014-2015 season looking at the war and bombardment.

Lonsdale Road Wykeham Street The Royal Hotel

The Society is working in partnership with other organisations in the town who are also putting on exhibitions and events. Please see their websites for details:-

  • Scarborough Museums Trust
  • Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre
  • Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery
  • Scarborough Civic Society
  • East Yorkshire Family History Society

  • David Henderson has put together a 1914 and bombardment centenary website that is in the early stages of development and welcomes any new material.
    You can also submit Centenary events and activities to the site throughout the Centenary period, 2014-18.
    See and

    National websites:

  • British Army war diaries
  • BBC World War 1 page
  • World War One Battlefields
  • A Guide to WW1 Battlefields and History of the First World War
  • ww1facts
  • First World War Centenary
  • Forces War Records & Military Genealogy
  • The Long, Long Trail
  • History Learning Site - World War One

  • There will be lots of programmes and events over the next few years. Why not find out how your family or neighbourhood was affeted by The Great War"?

    The Scarborough Arts and Culture Forum , held at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on June 4th from 5pm, is a voluntary body interested in all things arts and culture in and around Scarborough.
    Anyone interested or engaged in First World War activity can come together and share stories and resources.
    If you are interested in attending or would like further information please contact Kate Evans

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