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Theme: The War That Changed Our World

In the centenary year of the beginning of the Great War join us for talks, performances and exhibitions exploring the chaotic and devastating effects of the war that changed our world forever.

What's on

Thu
19
Jun

Trumpeter, What Are You Sounding Now?

A centenary concert paying tribute to the 55 men of St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, who lost their lives in the First World War.

Wed
18
Jun

Mapping the First World War

Find out what the military maps produced during the First World War tell us about the strategic, imperial, political, and military ambitions and operations of the great powers

Wed
18
Jun

The First World War: Still no end in sight

Frank Furedi will argue that the battle of ideas which crystallised during the course of the Great War continue to the present, and claim that the disputes about lifestyles and identity - the Culture Wars of today -are only the latest expressions of a century long conflict

Wed
18
Jun

Theatre of War: Whose side are you on?

Two University of York PhD playwrights explore their political response to the First World War through the people who lived through it

Tue
17
Jun

Stories of Remembrance: York Minster in the First World War

Join Minster Learning Officer, Esther Lockwood, for a look at York Minster’s First World War memorials and a selection of personal stories connected with the Minster

Tue
17
Jun

“And was Jerusalem Builded Here?”

An exploration of some of the visionary ideas of the Rowntree family in the years leading up to the First World War

Sat
14
Jun

The Great War Centenary Concert

With flapper classics including ‘Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue’ and other Charlestons, plus favourite Great War-era songs Sara Spade’s high-energy uke-playing with her Noisy Boys trio, plus her retro-swing pop originals never fails to get feet tapping!

Fri
13
Jun

Waiting for the World to End? How the world looked before the Great War

Charles Emmerson takes us on a dynamic tour of the world before the war - a time when the course of history was still undecided

Thu
12
Jun

The First World War and the Yorkshire Country House

Find out the impact of the First World War on the families of Yorkshire country houses, their staff, tenants and attached communities

Available for several days during the festival.

The Architecture of War Memorials

Thursday 12 to Sunday 22 June, 8.00am to 10.00pm

An exhibition of architectural documents taking the different forms in which First World War memorials were conceived and realised.


York Minster’s Memorials of the First World War

Thursday 12 to Sunday 22 June

Monday to Saturday: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday: 12.45pm to 5.00pm

A self-guided tour of the Minster memorials to those who died as a result of the First World War.