Join in the the World War One centenary commemorations

Britons Camp, St Albans

Britons Camp, St Albans

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Take a candle to Harpenden War Memorial to join in on a special tribute to the sacrifices paid by those who took up arms. The Royal British Legion Harpenden Branch has organised the event as part of the national Lights Out campaign.

Harpenden War Memorial, High Street, Harpdenden, Monday, August 4, from 10.15pm.

Read soldiers’ letters to loved ones, hear recorded recollections of how the training camps took over the city and see an embroidered wall hanging made by men receiving treatment at Napsbury war hospital as part of exhibition Keeping the Home Fires Burning. Hosted by the Museum of St Albans, it focuses on how the local community pulled together and includes details about contribution made by St Albans scouts. There will also be a series of events offering the chance to step back in time and hear tales of heroism and heartache from actors portraying characters from World War One.

The Museum of St Albans, Hatfield Road, St Albans, until November 16. Details: stalbansmuseums.org.uk

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Documentary film A County at War – Life on the Home Front in Hertfordshire was commisioned by the Lord-Lieutenant and produced by the University of Hertfordshire. A concert will be performed by OVO Theatre Company after the screenings.

The Rex Cinema, High Street, Berkhamsted, Monday, August 4, 2pm and 7pm. Details: 01442 877759, therexberkhamsted.com

To commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of World War One, St Albans City Guides are offering a series of guided walks around the city’s memorials, including St Albans Cathedral’s own unique parish memorials. Walk lasts 1 hour.

Meet the guide outside the West front of the Cathedral, St Albans, August 9 and 13, 11.30am, £2 (proceeds to the Royal British Legion). Details: stalbanstourguides.co.uk

Step back in time 100 years with Soldier's Stories and meet two Gunners from the Royal Artillery, home on leave with tales from the front to tell you. Part of the Keeping the Home Fires Burning exhibition about life in St Albans and German twin town Worms during the First World War.

Museum of St Albans, Hatfield Road, St Albans, Saturday, August 9, 1pm to 5pm. Details: 01727 819340, stalbansmuseums.org.uk

Have a go at some creative and enjoyable craft activities inspired by the theme 'The First World War Remembered'. Sessions are for ages six to 11 years.

Museum of St Albans, Hatfield Road, St Albans, August 11 and 12, 10.30am to 12.30pm. Details: 01727 819340, stalbansmuseums.org.uk

Children will have a chance to create their own version of the puppets from the world famous stage show War Horse during these fun workshops. They will also learn about the roles of animals in the First World War. Suitable for ages seven to 11 years.

St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans, Tuesday, August 12 and Tuesday, August 26, 10.30am to 1.30pm. Details: 01727 890290

Despite the misery of fighting in the First World War, many soldiers were inspired to use everyday items found in the trenches to create amazing pieces of art. These items became known as Trench Art. Inspired by real examples, children at this workshop can have a go at creating their own piece of trench art.

St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans, August 13 and 20, 10.30am to 1.30pm. Details: 01727 890290

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