Centenary of Peace Day to be celebrated in Bradford

The centenary of Peace Day will be celebrated at a free event at Bradford Industrial Museum on Sunday 21 July between 10am and 4pm.

Although hostilities ended on 11 November 1918 with the Armistice, World War One didn’t officially end until the Treaty of Versailles was signed in June 1919. Peace was celebrated on 19 July 1919 with a Victory Parade in London as the main event with other events across the country.

100 years on from the original Peace Day a celebration event will be held at the Bradford Council-run museum.

West Yorkshire WW1 military re-enactors from the period will put on displays to show what life was like after the war had ended.

Visitors will be able to find out more about the local history of World WW1 from exhibitors at the event.

There will be representatives from The Peace Museum, Bradford WW1 Group and Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will providing access to the war graves database and people will be able to search for their loved ones and find out more about the role they played in World War One.

There will also be a programme of talks and presentations throughout the day about Bradford during WW1 and the post-war peace process.

The Halifax Branch of the Yorkshire Volunteers Association will serve food and drink from an outdoor field kitchen.

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places said: “It is always right to that we commemorate the sacrifices made by the people of Bradford and beyond during the First World War, however less is known about the peace that came after. This event aims to help people to find out more about this period of history as well as the events of the war that came before it. Officers at Bradford Industrial Museum have put a lot of work in to organising this event and I sure it will be well received.”

Entry to the event and Bradford Industrial Museum is free, however donation boxes can be found around the site and are always welcome and appreciated.

Please be aware that the museum car park gets busy on event days and is often at full capacity early on. Visitors are asked to advised to travel via public transport where possible and be mindful of residents when parking their car.

For more information about this event and other events run by Bradford Council’s Museums and Galleries Service visit www.bradfordmuseums.org

 

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