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Derbyshire Lives through the First World War

“Derbyshire Lives through the First World War” is a programme of commemoration that reflects and remembers the many different stories about how Derbyshire people participated in the World War.
Derbyshire Lives through the World Wars

The project was developed by Derbyshire County Council to recognise the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in 2014.  It focuses on the experience of local Derbyshire people and the impact that the World War had on the county during the First World War and its aftermath.

For more information on the project and to get involved, please have a look at the project blog here: or contact Glynn Wilton, the project manager, at Derbyshire Record Office, New Street, Matlock, DE4 3FE, call him on 01629 539217 or email

Glynn will help find sources of funding, advice and information most relevant to projects. He can also advise on funding applications, how to create effective exhibitions, how best to deal with historic material and point you in the right direction for the libraries and museums best able to help with specific projects.

Events in Derbyshire: 

From 3rd October
Courage of Conscience: Uncovering WW1's Hidden Stories 
Volunteers (16-30 years old) needed for a Heritage Lottery-funded project until early / mid June 2016 creating stories, poetry and drama about Derbyshire's conscientious objectors and the communities who resisted and questioned war a century ago. Free monthly writing workshops. The work produced may be included in a booklet and performed at an event in June 2016. Free workshops led by River Wolton, assisted by young writers Katherine Robinson and Matthew Knighton. Location: Chesterfield Library  Opening workshop: 3rd October 2015 11am - 3pm 

November 2015
Bolsover District Council commissioned one of the world leading brass band composers to write a piece of music to commemorate the centenary of World  War 1 
which was written for brass band and narrator and is based on the Laurence Binyon poem "For The Fallen".

Derbyshire Remembers feature 
‘Derbyshire Remembers’, a partnership project from Fifth Word, National Trust, Derbyshire Record Office and Derby City Local studies Library. Derbyshire Remembers is an exciting and unique project designed to help the community commemorate the Great War with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project is underway and more information is available in the Related documents section below.    

National events and information:

Royal visit to the Tower Remembers, Aug 5th 2014'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' An installation of over 880,000 poppies from the studios of Derbyshire ceramicist Paul Cummins was created in the moat of the Tower of London and was unveiled on 5th August. The last poppy was 'planted' on 11th November 2014, see: Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red news article for more information. 

First World War centenary programme 2014-2018, DCMS Guide to engaging local communities - see Related Documents below.
More information:  

The Imperial War Museum programme of commemoration of the First World War: 

Arts Council England's programme of First World War centenary art commissions: 

First World War Poetry Digital Archive - over 7000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research:

Second World War   
There is information about “re:connaissance”, a project to remember the effects on the Second World War on Belper on an artsderbyshire minisite here:

Related documents

The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)

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