The centenary of the First World War commemorations focused on connecting new, younger audiences to the legacy of the War through arts and education initiatives, and a new Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee inquiry seeks to examine the lessons that can be captured from these programmes, with evidence invited by 15 March at 5pm.
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Parliament UK writes:
The centenary of the First World War was, by definition, a unique event in UK history. But the way that it was commemorated was also unique. As there are no surviving veterans, the commemorations focused on connecting new, younger audiences to the legacy of the War through arts and education initiatives. Our inquiry seeks to examine the lessons that can be captured from these programmes.
In 2012 the then Prime Minister David Cameron announced a four-year commemoration of the First World War. The programme included a national arts programme run by 14-18 Now, national commemorative events to mark the anniversary of the start of the war in 2014, the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 2016 and Armistice Day in 2018, the refurbishment of World War One galleries at the Imperial War Museum in London, funding to enable school pupils to visit battlefields, and community projects to enable young people to explore local heritage of the First World War.
Terms of Reference
The Committee seeks written submissions that address the following issues:
- How were arts programmes leveraged to engage new audiences who may not otherwise have been aware of, or engaged in, commemorations? Was using the arts more effective than a traditional approach to commemoration?
- The Centenary commemorations aimed to reach school children and young people to connect them to the events and legacy of the First World War. To what extent did this happen?
- Did the commemorations inspire new community and volunteer involvement and engagement in the legacy of the First World War?
- How effective was the distribution of events across the UK? Were all regions and nations fully able to participate?
- The Government and Lottery distributors made £50million available for the Centenary commemorations. Was this money spent effectively?
- How well connected were cultural organisations taking part in the Centenary? What role did the First World War Centenary Partnership play? How sustainable are the partnerships now that the commemorations have come to an end?
- What are the overall lessons that can be learned for using the arts for commemoration, public participation in the arts, and volunteer involvement in local heritage initiatives?
The Committee invites evidence from the public, organisations and others with relevant expertise, on the terms of reference. The deadline for submitting evidence is Friday 15 March at 5pm. Written evidence to the inquiry can be submitted via the evidence portal.
Each submission should:
- be no more than 3,000 words in length
- be in Word format with as little use of colour or logos as possible
- have numbered paragraphs