Armistice Day centenary activities at Abington Park Museum

Published: Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Activities marking the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War are taking place at Abington Park Museum, ahead of Armistice Day.

This Friday, 5 October, Dr Rachael Abbiss will give an hour-long lecture at 11.30am on the final weeks of war in Europe during 1918, including case studies of individuals who fought in the Northamptonshire Regiment and the Northamptonshire Yeomanry, along with details on the Battles of Amiens, Bapaume and Scarpe, and the impact of war on Northampton.

The ‘Creative Writers @ The Museum’ group will deliver a writing workshop with the theme ‘Words of Peace’ on Saturday, 13 October between 12 noon and 4.30pm, taking inspiration from the military galleries at the museum and the forthcoming Armistice Day.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to read their pieces at the museum’s Armistice Day 100 Year Memorial Event on the Market Square on Sunday, 11 November between 12 noon and 3pm, where a variety of First World War themed performances, craft activities and museum objects will be displayed in celebration and commemoration of this significant anniversary.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “These activities will give participants the opportunity to learn more about the final months of the First World War and make their own contributions towards remembering the fallen, and marking this important centenary year in the town.”

These activities take place ahead of the laying of a military cross at the Abington Square Memorial Garden on Friday 26 October at 11am, and a full day of remembrance events on the 11 November, including a service and parade at All Saints’ Church and the lighting of a beacon. Further details will be made available later this month.

Tickets for both the lecture and workshop can be booked online at or by calling 01604 838110.