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29 October 2014
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Ninety Years of Remembrance

A season of Remembrance


As the nation prepares to mark the 90th anniversary of the armistice of the First World War, BBC Learning celebrates and remembers with a season of programming across the BBC's television and radio networks, at local events across the country and at


1918-2008 – Ninety Years Of Remembrance aims to personalise the act of remembrance, encouraging individuals and families to look into the stories and documents of their relatives that served in the First World War through events, online activity and multi-platform services.


On screen, eight presenters seek out their personal family wartime experiences in My Family At War. In Timewatch, Michael Palin tells the stories of some of the last soldiers to die in the War, while BBC Four features a range of documentaries and a new drama focusing on one of the War's forgotten heroes: Britain's first black officer, Walter Tull.


People will be able to post their family artefacts, photographs and memories at on the Remembrance Wall.


Through links to an array of family history sites, they will also be able to research their relatives' role in the War and delve into their family history, as well as learning more about the events of the Great War.


These include a link to Ancestry, who are waiving their charges for the month of November for people who wish to search the surviving British Army WWI Service and Pension records (otherwise only available by visiting the National Archives in Kew) and the British Army WWI Medal Rolls online.


An innovative texting service will also be available, allowing people to sign up to receive a series of texts about an individual First World War soldier from their local area and discover their story.


Among the radio highlights are All Quiet On The Western Front for BBC Radio 3. Radio 3 will also celebrate with Britten's War Requiem and BBC Radio 4 features a special edition of Tracing Your Roots.


Around the country, BBC Learning is hosting 24 free family events where visitors can see for themselves how life would have been for those left at home and those fighting abroad during the Great War.


Visitors are also invited to bring along any family memorabilia they have from the Great War, including photographs, letters, medals or diaries, to be uploaded on to the Remembrance Wall at


Visitors will have the opportunity to research the part played by family members during the First World War and to find out more about what happened in their local area.




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