Events happening around Wolverhampton

World War 1 Events

Please explore the range of events that are taking place across the city, by clicking on the drop down list below.If you are organising your own event to commemorate the centenary since the end of the First World War, please contact us.

Monday 25th June - Saturday 30th June - Armed Forces Week for National Libraries week - Wolverhampton Libraries
The libraries are hosting a number of events to commemorate the end of the first World War and we would like you to get involved!

Saturday 30th June - Wolverhampton Armed Forces Day - Queen Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1TX - 11am to 4pm
Come along to our Armed Forces Day showcase event to see amazing performances and demonstrations to celebrate the contribution that the armed forces community makes to the life of our city. We will also have a wide range of stands representing military related charities and organisations in Wolverhampton. This Armed Forces Day will have a WW1 theme to commemorate the centenary since the end of the First World War.

Saturday 30th June -If they ask us, we'll never tell them - Wolverhampton - The Art Gallery, Sunbeam Living & St Peters Church - 10am - 5.30pm
A trilogy of shows commemorating 100 years since the end of WW1 staged by members of Central Youth Theatre and the Wolverhampton Orpheus Male Voice Choir to celebrate Armed Forces Day in Wolverhampton. 10am Wolverhampton Art Gallery Down Our Street 11.15am & 12.45pm The Courtyard, Living @ Sunbeam Roses of Wolverhampton 2.30pm & 4.30pm St Peters Collegiate Church The Forgotten Returned.

Tuesday 17 July - Wolverhampton Art Gallery – Behind the scenes: War Memorials and Restoration - This session will take a behind the scenes look at war memorials in the Wolverhampton Art Gallery archive. There will be a guided look around this archive followed by a talk about the restoration work on local memorials. This is a free session, it is essential to book as there are limited places click here to find out more and to register you place

Saturday 4th August 2018 Silent Soldier Fundraiser at St Thomas' Church Wednesfield - 10am
Join us for tea, coffee and cake as we raise money for a Silent Soldier outside St Thomas' Church. Outside there will be a display of motorbikes by Uroboros Rallyclub. Any money raised above that needed to pay for the Silent Soldier at St Thomas' Church will be donated to the Royal British Legion. See map here.

Wednesday 22 August 2018 Victoria Cross Commemoration event for George Onions
Memorial Service at 11am at Bilston Oxford Street memorial, see map here, reception 11:30am to 2.30pm at Bilston Town hall. George Onions, originally from Bilston, is one of two Victoria Cross winners in Wolverhampton. To honour his act of remarkable bravery we are laying a paving stone to commemorate his life and provide a lasting legacy in the community where he was born. We will be holding a ceremony to unveil the paving stone and would like as many people to attend as possible! Please see more about his story here.

Thursday 27 September - Wolverhampton’s War Memorials A Guided Walking Tour - St. Peter’s Square - 2pm
Come and join us for a guided walking tour by the Wolverhampton Civic and Historic Society! Meet at St Peter’s square to find out more about the fascinating history of Wolverhampton and the great war memorials in the city. Click here to find out more.

Saturday 6th October - Friday 30th November 2018 - Chris Harrison: War Memorials Exhibition - Wolverhampton Art Gallery
The basis of the exhibition is an on-going series of photographs called ‘Sites of Memory’ produced by the artist and documenting war memorials throughout the UK. It reflects his interest in how private memory becomes fused with official commemorative forms in these civic memorials to the dead. During the exhibition we will be working with students of City of Wolverhampton College as they respond to our WW1 and 11 related collections. Work produced by them will be displayed throughout the gallery.

Tuesday 9th October - Sunday 14th October 2018 - World War One theme for National Libraries week - Wolverhampton Libraries
The libraries are hosting a number of events to commemorate the end of the first World War and we would like you to get involved!

Monday 15th October - Victoria Cross Commemoration event for Roland Elcock - Memorial Service at 11.00am at St Peter’s Gardens by the Cenotaph, Reception from 11.30am – 2.30pm in the Mayoral Suite, Civic Centre.
Roland Elcock, originally from Heath Town, is one of two Victoria Cross winners in Wolverhampton. To honour his act of outstanding bravery we are laying a paving stone to commemorate his life and achievements. We will be holding a ceremony to unveil the paving stone and would like as many people as possible from the community to attend.

Thursday 25th October - Sunday 28th October - Armistice Centenary Beer Festival- Lych Gate Tavern, Queen Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1TX.
Visit the Lych Gate Tavern’s Armistice Centenary Beer Festival – with each one of the beers selected specially for this event, as well as performance from The Miss Fortunes at 8.30pm on Saturday.

Saturday 27th October 2018 - Monday 19 January 2019 - Jane and Louise Wilson: The Undead Sun - Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Originally shown at The Imperial War Museum in London, Jane and Louise Wilson’s Undead Sun is a large-scale video installation which explores the huge impact of the First World War and considers how the conflict continues to shape our everyday experience. This film is unique in how the artists deliberately reflect the narratives and experiences of those who experienced the First World War. The film is free of charge and is a fantastic opportunity to see a representation of the First World War through a completely new lens. This film is not appropriate for small children. 

All of November - Pop up shop opposite Iceland Supermarket - Wulfrun Shopping Centre - 10:00am - 4:00pm
This is a pop-up shop with a Wolverhampton War Memorials and Commonwealth war graves Exhibition, we will be holding a number of different events on during November. Come along and share connections you have with World War 1, your family stories and memorabilia. There will also be presentations about Commonwealth War Graves here and in Europe, memorial trees. How to share on social media and advice on family research.

Friday 2nd November - Bonfire night at Wolverhampton Racecourse - Wolverhampton Racecourse, Gorsebrook Road, WV6 OPE
To mark the centenary of WW1, this year’s Bonfire Night firework display will conclude with a single poppy. More information is available here.

Thursday 8th November - Wolverhampton’s War Memorials A Guided Walking Tour- St Peter's Square - 12 noon
Come and join us for a guided walking tour by the Wolverhampton Civic and Historic Society! Meet in St Peter’s square and discover more about Wolverhampton’s first world war history, Click here to find out more.

Friday 9th November - Schools' Poppy Remembrance Event - This year we will be holding a remembrance service for children and young people on Friday 9 November 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm. At the event, the children and young people attending will have the opportunity to parade with the armed forces community from Dudley Street to the Cenotaph outside St Peter’s Church, where they will attend a short outdoor remembrance service.

Saturday 10th November - Viewing of the blue plaque to the WW1 Fallen - City of Wolverhampton Archives - 10:30am. Come along and view the commemorative blue plaque to the Wolverhampton WW1 Fallen and buy a mini commemorative blue plaque of your own. The unveiling of the updated Wolves in Wolves Street Sculpture that bears the names of the 4,272 WW1 Fallen will also take place.

Saturday 10th November - Local History Fair - Wolverhampton City Archives, Molineux Hotel Building, WV1 1SF. Wolverhampton Archives will host its annual Local History Fair on the weekend of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Among those taking part are representatives from Wednesfield Local History Society, the Wolverhampton Lacemakers Guild, Wolverhampton Archaeology Group and the local branch of the Western Front Association.
These groups and many more are on hand to talk about their work and research. The Friends of Wolverhampton Archives are hosting one of their Helping Hands sessions for assistance with family history. These are available in bookable slots throughout the day. Second hand books are also on sale, and the Friends of Wolverhampton Archives will hold a raffle and sell cakes and drinks in their pop-up tea room to raise funds for Wolverhampton City Archives. Tickets cost: £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for children.

Saturday 10th November - Central Youth Theatre and Wolverhampton Orpheus male Choir presents: 'Everyone sang', a performance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WW1 armistice - St John's Square, Wolverhampton, WV2 4BZ. Tickets cost £9 and £6 for concessions. Click here to find out more information.

Sunday 11th November - Remembrance Sunday - St Peter's Church, Lich Gates, WV1 1TY
This year’s Remembrance Sunday service is set to be a remarkable occasion, to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, in the City of Wolverhampton. Together we will celebrate and remember those who died and fought in World War One. Please join us this year on Sunday 11 November for a number of events that are taking place across the city.

Sunday 11th November - Bell ringing & Service of Rememberance - St Michael and All Angels Church, Tettenhall, WV6 9AJ - 10:45am. First Tettenhall community-wide service of Remembrance for many years & laying a wreath.

Tuesday 13th November - Wolverhampton's only Street Shrine war memorial - Pop-Up Shop Wulfrun Center located opposite Iceland within The Wulfrun Centre - 11:00am. Wolverhampton's only Street Shrine war memorial by Claire Jones

Tuesday 13 November - World War One, 100 year Anniversary Memorial Plaque Unveiling - Adult Education Wolverhampton, Foyer Reception, St Georges Parade, Wolverhampton, WV2 1AZ. Life Skills students At Adult Education have created a memorial plaque designed to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One. The unveiling event will take place between 2pm-3-pm.

Wednesday 14th November - Commonwealth War Graves - Pop-Up Shop Wulfrun Center located opposite Iceland within The Wulfrun Centre - 11:00am. Commonwealth War Graves Commission by Sarah Moody organised by the Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society.

Friday 16th November - : WW1 Memorial Trees in Wolverhampton - Pop-Up Shop Wulfrun Center located opposite Iceland within The Wulfrun Centre - 11:00am. WW1 Memorial Trees in Wolverhampton By Jim Barrow organised by the Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society.

Friday 16th November - : Emerson & Wolverhampton war memorials Wolverhampton - Pop-Up Shop Wulfrun Center located opposite Iceland within The Wulfrun Centre - 11:00am. Emerson & Wolverhampton war memorials Wolverhampton Andrew Yarnold from Wolverhampton Art Gallery organised by the Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society.

Saturday 17th November - : Commonwealth War Graves Wolverhampton Fallen Loos France - Pop-Up Shop Wulfrun Center located opposite Iceland within The Wulfrun Centre - 11:00am. Commonwealth War Graves Wolverhampton Fallen Loos France by Dr Paul Darke Outside Centre organised by the Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society.



If you are organising an event in your community to mark the Centenary since the end of World War One, please contact us and we can feature it on this site