Lifting shadows- York's WW1 remeberance programme launched

This autumn York will launch a city-wide experience of performances, events and exhibitions to honour the 100 year milestone since the end of World War One.

York Remembers: Lifting the Shadow of the First World War will explore the conflict from a variety of perspectives and also examine how we can achieve peace in the future using such lessons from the past.

Events will reflect on the 37 million casualties of the war, the courage and honour of those involved and will celebrate all those who defend our nation now.

The diverse programme includes an audio walking trail around key WWI milestones in York; an opportunity to research your WWI ancestors; and 100 Years: 1000 Voices, an inter-school event which will bring together children from all over York to sing commemorative songs about the war and its era.

Ian Gillies, Leader of City of York Council, said: “We’ve been amazed by the response from community groups and organisations across the city and every area of York has some event or activity to commemorate the war over the coming weeks. It truly is a fitting way to remember the 1447 men and women from York who gave their lives protecting and serving our country."

To see the full programme of events visit