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Royal Armouries commemorates the centenary of the Armistice this November

Friday, 12 October 2018

Man wearing tin helmet and khaki uniform with a rifle over his shoulder

On the 10 and 11 November the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds will commemorate 100 years since the Armistice of 1918.

The museum will mark this poignant anniversary with a special promenade theatre performance. Throughout the weekend the museum’s interpreters will tell the story of one bullet, from its design and manufacture at a munitions factory in the UK, through its journey in the supply chain, to its ultimate deployment on a First World War battlefield.

‘From Factory to Frontline’ will give visitors an insight into the life of soldiers on the front line, as well as the crucial work of those men and women on the home front who helped support the war effort.

On 11 November the museum will also host a short act of remembrance at 11 am, where visitors can witness hundreds of poppy petals fall from the indoor balconies of the museum, accompanied by a poetry recital.

From 27 October the museum is proud to display three medals, including two Victoria Crosses, awarded to Leeds men for ‘gallantry in the presence of the enemy’ during the First World War. Visitors can discover the remarkable stories behind the medals which will be displayed in the War Gallery until April 2019.

Commenting on the events, Tristan Langlois, Head of Education and Events, said: “In the final months of the centenary of the First World War we honour the sacrifice made by so many people so we might live in freedom today. The ending of the ‘war to end all wars’ was a defining point in world history and the lives of all those involved would be changed forever.
“Our special performances will bring to life experiences of the war from a number of perspectives, including the lives of soldiers in the trenches, civilians and those working in supply factories at home. We hope the performances give visitors an opportunity to reflect on the momentous impact of conflicts, both past and present.”

The remembrance events are free to attend. Further information can be found on the Royal Armouries website.


About the Royal Armouries

Entry to the museum is free but some activities carry a small charge.