This is a big event in every sense, and Liverpool City Council's Culture Liverpool team want to make sure as many people as possible get involved in the run up, during and after the show.


They are working in partnership with other council teams and external organisations to deliver an education and participation programme that aims to bring together the entire city in memory of the events which took place between 1914 and 1918.


If you are planning on organising an event to coincide with the commemorations, please download the form and email it back to us.    

Liverpool in World War One-Events and Information.

The First World War was the start of a period of great social change and educational development, reflected in the archives and special collections held in Liverpool’s libraries. Some fascinating original documents, never publicly exhibited before, are on show during the summer of 2014 at Liverpool Central Library as part of the city’s contribution to the national centenary commemoration of the First World War.

Organised by Liverpool Libraries Together, this programme of exhibitions and events provides an overview of life in Liverpool between 1914 and 1918 by revealing some of the experiences and views of people who lived, worked and studied here. The libraries in the partnership are holding summer exhibitions to reveal intriguing stories and images from the time. These include the following;-

The pacifists, patriots and parents who inhabited the University of Liverpool;

The war efforts at the various colleges which eventually became Liverpool John Moores University;

The grand war memorial at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts;

The everyday experiences of women and children on the home front on display at Liverpool Central Library and the City of Liverpool College.
There is also a programme of talks and events exploring the themes in more detail. All the exhibitions and events are free to visit, though registration is required for some events. Details and directions can be found in below

Any queries to be sent to [email protected]

Programme of events Friday 11 July, 2.30 pm Over by Christmas? Exhibition launch Hornby Library, Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street Join the staff who work in the Special Collections and Archive departments of the Liverpool libraries for the exhibition opening and find out more about the items on display. All welcome, no need to book

Saturday 2nd August and Monday 4th August The day that war broke out Roger Hull, Liverpool Central Library Archive Department 4th Floor, Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street Free of charge: booking advisable

Wednesday 3rd September, 5.30pm A glorious example: reading the British Home Front of the Great War in Propaganda Posters Dr David Clampin, School of Humanities and Social Science, Liverpool John Moores University Aldham Robarts Library, Liverpool John Moores University, Maryland Street Free of charge: booking advisable

Tuesday 23 September, 4pm Talk about a Lost World, talk about the end of the World, talk about the Night Land: World War One and the Literature of the Fantastic Andy Sawyer, Science Fiction Collections Librarian, University of Liverpool Taylor Room, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool, Chatham Street Free of charge: booking advisable

Wednesday 24 September, 4pm Facing the past: remembering and commemorating the First World War Dr Kay Chadwick , Department of French, University of Liverpool Taylor Room, Sydney Jones Library, University of Liverpool, Chatham Street Free of charge: booking advisable

Friday 26 September, 6pm Bread and Jam and Resurrection: Stanley Spencer’s War Art Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum, University of Liverpool Dr Alexandra Harris , University of Liverpool This talk will be followed by a wine reception in the Waterhouse Café at 7pm Free of charge: booking essential

Further information and booking details for all events are available on the Liverpool Libraries Together web page at