Marking the centenary of the First World War (WW1)


The council is working closely with a wide range of organisations to mark the centenary of the First World War (WW1) including remembrance services, theatre and creative performances and educational programmes. The programme will continue through to 2018.

Go to the VisitBrighton First World War page for an up to date list of WW1 events in Brighton & Hove. Alternatively, you can download our latest WW1 Programme of Events - updated March 2016 (PDF 425KB).

The programme aims to appropriately reflect local history and wartime experience in a respectful and appropriate way. The courage and sacrifice made by many local people will be reflected upon, as will wider lessons learnt from personal accounts.

Get involved

If you would like to be involved in the programme, or have your event listed, please contact Diane Coe on 01273 291280 or email diane.coe@brighton-hove,

Information about financial assistance to support centenary events can be accessed on the Imperial War Museum's website​ or on the government's community covenant grant scheme.

You can also enter your centenary event details on the Imperial War Museum's website.

Brighton & Hove WW1 Heritage Bus

The First World War heritage bus is a joint venture between Brighton & Hove Buses and Brighton & Hove City Council and aims to raise awareness of the impact and significance of the First World War on the city and its residents during 1914-1918. The selection of images chosen represent a small view into life of the city during the war, and it is hoped that this will awaken an interest in attaining further knowledge and inspire you to do your own research be it personal, local, national or global, or visit one of the many events or exhibitions taking place. Over the centenary years the heritage bus will be seen travelling across the city on many of the normal public routes. For more information about the images on the bus, see our WW1 Heritage bus guide (PDF 437KB).

Historic information

2014 marked the start of a four year programme commemorating 100 years since the start of the First World War (WW1). The government is working alongside partners, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Imperial War Museum, on a series of national remembrance events, an extensive cultural programme and educational schemes taking place between 2014 and 2018.​

Dr Brighton’s War: Hospitals and Healing

Brighton & Hove played its full part in the Great War, not only by providing hundreds of young men to fight, but also as ‘Doctor Brighton’ a hospital city where wounded soldiers were sent to recover in healthy ‘Sussex by the Sea’ before being sent back to their regiments or discharged into civilian life. For details, download our list of buildings used as hospitals (MS Word 485KB).