World War 1 Centenary Commemoration Project

Bell Ringing to honour those who fell in the Great War.

Tommy+WW1
Tommy

‘People ask me why I am transparent?
After 100 years none of my comrades are still alive,
But I hope that their children, grandchildren and future
generations will not let them disappear completely;
but once, every now and then, catch a glimpse of me and remember.’

Bishop Christopher writes in support
Tim Bishop of Winchester
Bishop Tim writes
We have compiled an archive of around 1,400 tower and hand bell ringing performances, all rung in memory and honour of ringers and non-ringers who fell in the dreadful conflict, harvested from existing records from over 100 years from 1914.
Further ringing performances for this project will be included in the digital form of the archive if recorded on BellBoard or submitted direct to ww1bells@aol.com.
The performances are likely to continue to be recorded until 2021. A final ‘cut off’ date will be advised in due course.
The latest version of the electronic copy of the Archive is available here.
Printed volumes of the archive were presented to Portsmouth Cathedral on 12th May 2019 and to Winchester Cathedral on 19th May 2019 during the Evensong services.

The printed archives are available to view at:

Portsmouth Cathedral, by appointment – Tel: 023 9282 3300 or email:info@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk

Hampshire Records Office Ref: DC/D11/6/1/1. It is suggested that contact is made before visiting – Tel: 01962 846146

Our Guild members were given an update of the project at A.G.M. held at Freshwater, Isle of Wight on 15th June 2019 – see report here.

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