October 24, 2018 Scott MD

Armistice Day 2018: Events & Exhibitions in Winchester

City commemorates centenary of the end of the First World War. 

Photograph by Horace Nicholls, part of the Imperial War Museum Photograph Archive Collection

Armistice Day is held on 11 November each year to mark the end of the First World War. As people across the country honour those who have died in war, Winchester will commemorate the day with events, exhibitions and performances around the city.

Haydn – Seven Last Words

Hear music and readings commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War. This free concert features students from Winchester schools.

When: Monday 5 Nov, 7:00 PM
Where: Winchester Cathedral, The Close, SO23 9LS

War Horse Screening

See a special screening of award-winning film War Horse in the nave of Winchester Cathedral. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel of the same name, War Horse was directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay written by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis. The film features an ensemble cast and was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, two Golden Globe Awards and five BAFTAs.

When: Wednesday 7 Nov, 7:15 PM
Where: Winchester Cathedral, The Close, SO23 9LS
Tickets: £10 / under 16s £7

Brough Scott – ‘The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse’

Join John Brough Scott as he tells the story of ‘Warrior’ — a war horse bred by ‘Galloper Jack’ Seely, who took Warrior to France in 1914 and rode him throughout the war. John Brough Scott is a British horse racing journalist, presenter and former jockey. He is also the grandson and biographer of ‘Galloper Jack’ Seely.

When: Thursday 8 Nov, 7:15 PM
Where: Winchester Cathedral, The Close, SO23 9LS
Tickets: £10 / under 16s £7

‘Daring to hope’ – A Vigil of Peace

An hour-long vigil of music, poetry and reflection, including music from the Winchester Cathedral Choir, images of local soldiers and a petal drop from the roof of the cathedral nave. Attendees are welcome to bring a copy of a memento of a loved one, such as a photo or army record.

When: Friday 9 Nov, 6:00 PM
Where: Winchester Cathedral, The Close, SO23 9LS

Remembrance Sunday Services

Special Sunday services including a Remembrance Sunday Service at 10:00 am followed by Sung Eucharist at 11:30 am. There will be a final service at 6:50 pm. This is the final act of remembrance and will involve a short prayer and readings, the lighting of a brazier to symbolise the lights coming back on over Europe, a lone piper playing “When the Battle is Over” (played for when soldiers returned to their barracks) and ending with the Cathedral’s bells ringing out for peace.

When: Sunday 11 Nov, 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 6:30 PM
Where: Winchester Cathedral, The Close, SO23 9LS

The Armistice Centenary Recalled

In honour of the Armistice exactly 100 years ago, this dramatic recital draws on contemporary literature to recreate the passions of authors from the era – including Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sasson, Vera Brittain and Winston Churchill. Actors Michael Pennington and Pamela Miles, together with producer John Miller, will bring their eyewitness accounts to life.

When: Sunday 11 Nov, 7:30 PM
Where: Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry Street, SO23 8SB
Tickets: £18 / friends £15 / under 26s £12

Scamp Theatre presents Private Peaceful
by Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse
Adapted and directed by Simon Reade

This moving theatre performance tells the story of a soldier’s last day in World War One while conveying the strength of the human spirit. Private Peaceful recreates the life of Private Tommo Peaceful, a young soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn. During his final hours, he looks back on his time growing up in rural Devon: his school days, the accident that killed his father, adventures with the love of his life, and the battles and injustices of the war.

When: Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 Nov, various times.
Where: Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry Street, SO23 8SB

Tickets: £19 / friends £17 / under 26s £15
Families & groups (4+) £16 / schools & groups (8+) £12

Matinée: £18 / under 26s £14 / families & groups (4+) £15
Schools & groups (8+) £10

Friends Offer: 2 for 1 on opening night.

When the Guns Fells Silent: Remembering the end of the First World War

A free exhibition by Winchester’s Military Museums to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice. Documents, photographs, medals and personal souvenirs tell the stories of First World War servicemen and servicewomen from Hampshire. A supporting programme of activities is open to all ages.

When: until Sunday 25 Nov, 3:00 PM
Where: City Space, Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, SO23 8SB

Box 459

Take a moment of reflection this Armistice Day at Winchester Cathedral as Box 459 returns to the outer close to mark the 100-year anniversary of the end of the First World War. The sculpture, commissioned by Winchester City Council and poignantly designed to represent the fallen soldiers from the district, was first unveiled in 2014 to mark the beginning of the war. It has been displayed in various locations in the district to end where it began, at Winchester Cathedral.

When: until Friday 14 Dec
Where: Winchester Cathedral, The Close, SO23 9LS

Go to visitwinchester.co.uk to plan your visit.

See photographs on the Imperial War Museum website from Armistice Day 1918.


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