Opinion: “The First World War centenary has been a lost opportunity”

By Professor Maggie Andrews

Actors dressed as Tommies mark the centenary of the start of the battle of the Somme at Manchester Piccadilly station, July 2016. (Photo by Alamy)

This opinion column was first published in the November 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

The events marking the centenary of the First World War over the last four years have seen considerable financial investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) the Arts Council and the government. Numerous art works, books, films, and TV and radio programmes have been produced. In London, the Imperial War Museum revamped its First World War galleries, and – around the UK – events and exhibitions have taken place, alongside community history projects.

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