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What lessons can be learned from the centenary of the First World War commemorations?

20 March 2019

The DCMS Committee will be taking evidence on Lessons from the First World War Centenary on Tuesday 26 March.


Tuesday 26 March, Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Matt Anderson, Deputy High Commissioner, Australian High Commission, London
  • Diane Lees CBE, Director-General, Imperial War Museum
  • Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham
  • Jenny Waldman CBE, Director 14-18 NOW

At 11.30am

  • Lord Ashton of Hyde, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Dr Andrew Murrison MP, Prime Minister's Special Representative for the Centenary Commemoration of the First World War
  • Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive, National Lottery Heritage Fund 

About the session

The centenary of the First World War was marked by events spanning over four years with a focus on arts, community and education initiatives that sought to connect a younger generation with the legacy of the War.
The Prime Minister at the time David Cameron said he wanted the events to ‘capture our national spirit in every corner of the country' and be ‘something that says something about who we are as people.' Was this vision achieved? What lessons were learned about how we commemorate as a country?
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will examine this in a one-off public session on Tuesday 26th March (at 10.30am, Committee Room 15) with the leading figures who delivered the programme of events including the responsible Government Minister Lord Ashton of Hyde and Dr Andrew Murrison MP, who was appointed by David Cameron as his special representative for the remembrance.

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