Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers Battle of the Somme centenary commemoration
One hundred years ago Surrey was playing its part in the first global war between modern, industrial nations. It was a war which demanded unimagined sacrifices by the county’s people, young and old, rich and poor. How did Surrey answer the call? Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers is a four-year project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which aims to discover how the 1914-1918 conflict affected those left behind, in the county, on the Home Front.
As part of the project’s plan to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the Surrey in the Great War team will host a day of film at Surrey History Centre (Woking) on Saturday 2 July. The event will start at 1.30pm with a talk on film in World War I by Dr Emma Hanna, a historian of the First World War at the University of Kent and Co-Investigator on the Gateways to the First World War project. A screening of the seminal 1916 documentary and propaganda film The Battle the Somme will follow; this will be accompanied a Q&A session. The event will conclude with a screening of a sample of Surrey-related World War I short films (thanks to Screen Archive South East). The event will be free to attend and refreshments will be provided.
During the rest of the centenary year, the team plans to take the Somme film to project events as a fascinating visual witness to the Great War.
For more information about the event and the Surrey in the Great War project, keep an eye on the project’s social media sites: