Imperial War Museums are leading a series of exhibitions, events and concerts throughout May and June to commemorate the centenary of The Battle of Jutland, where over 8,000 British and German men lost their lives.
The Battle of Jutland was the biggest naval battle of the First World War. Jutland ensured that Britain’s naval blockade of Germany remained in place, forcing Germany to fight on in the face or hunger and raw material shortages.
The centenary is an opportunity for people around the UK to come together to remember those on both sides and recognize the pivotal role of the Royal Navy in the First World War. Here are 3 events that you won’t have to travel far to see.
The Barbican Centre will be hosting The Jutland Concert, organised by the London Concert Choir on behalf of Seafarers UK. The concert will feature performances of Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, accompanied by Britten’s Four Sea Interludes. The concert starts at 7.30pm on 15 June. Ticket prices from £12 – £35.
Kew is home to The National Archives, which will be displaying original documents relating to the battle including service records, ship logs, and naval maps. The First World War collection is a free event and is going to be opened up for visitors to explore the Jutland story from 2pm until 5pm on 31 May.
Finally, The Woodland Trust is creating a Jutland memorial woodland at Langley Vale, near Epsom in Surrey which will become a poignant living memorial to the battle. Saplings and semi mature oaks will be planted to represent the lives lost in the battle, and the ships sunk. “For generations to come people of all ages will enjoy its [the woods] presence, while remembering those sailors who did not return to land,” said Vice Admiral Sir David Steel who is the Woodland Trust Ambassador.
Other events are also taking place right across the UK in Portsmouth, Hartlepool, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire Orkney and Edinburgh. For more information visit: www.1914.org