Memorial poppies, Westminster Abbey, November 2013

First World War

This year marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War and to commemorate there will be numerous events taking place up and down the country to mark the impact the war had on Britain and its people, both those on the frontline and those keeping the home fires burning.
The cost of the Great War in human terms was imponderable – a generation of men almost wiped out and Britain was never the same again.
Wilfred-Owen by John Gunston, 1916 © National Portrait Gallery, London

National exhibition commemorates First World War

The National Portrait Gallery is to open its doors next week for the first national exhibition of paintings commemorating the centenary of WWI.

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Exhibition celebrates role of the Post Office in WWI

As Britain commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, a new exhibition in Shropshire explores the efforts of the Post Office during the war years.

Britain remembers the fallen on Armistice Day

Two-minute silences take place each year in Britain on 11 November as the country remembers fallen soldiers of World War I on the date the armistice was signed.

Downton etiquette revealed

The British Library has republished an old etiquette book that serves as the ultimate guide to aristocratic life, perfect for Downton Abbey fans.