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World War 1 commemorations - 2018

A new review, available in the ‘Related Downloads’ section of this page describes the many memorable and poignant events held in Orkney to mark the centenary of the Armistice.

11 November 2018 - Armistice

November 11, 2018 marks the centenary of the armistice that brought to an end the hostilities of the Great War. In Orkney, like numerous towns and cities across the UK this will have been met with much fanfare whilst the full and true scale of devastation and lives lost began to sink in. Orkney will come together again on Remembrance Sunday, with these same towns and cities, to mark the centenary of the armistice and remember all those lives lost during the Great War and later conflicts.

Orkney Islands Council is working with partners and organisations to produce a full programme of activity for Sunday 11 November. Please check back for the programme which will be published shortly.

23 - 24 November 2018

The Scapa Flow Naval History Conference, Kirkwall Grammar School, 09:30 - 17:00

The 2018 Scapa Flow Naval History conference will feature British, American and German speakers including Prof.Dr. Michael Epkenhans, Prof. Andrew Lambert, Cdr. Dr. David Kohnen USN ret'd and Orcadian historian Tom Muir. The conference will cover not only the scuttle, but also the history and impact of that fateful day. Speakers will explore the American navy's vital role in the war, how the scuttle was interpreted in Germany and how the legacy still lives on today.
For the full programme, information and tickets please visit the Scapa Flow Naval History Conference link from the 'Related Sites' section of this page.

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