World War 1 Commemorations - Key Dates 2014

May 3: The summer exhibition at the Orkney Museum tells the story of life in the islands before the outbreak of World War 1.

May 3: A tin helmet with two bullet holes – an exhibit at Orkney Museum – returns to Flanders where, in 1918, it saved the life of the writer Eric Linklater.

May 31: The Commonwealth War Graves Commission brings Orkney’s war-time history to life with the introduction of special interactive displays at the Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery.

June 19: A new book, with three accounts linked to Orkney, is published and tells the Hidden Stories of the First World War.

June 20: Scotland’s First World War, a new book looking at the physical legacy of the war across the country, is launched at Lyness by Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop.

August 4: A late night vigil will be held at St Magnus Cathedral to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

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