An invitation from Danny Boyle

Join him in marking 100 years since Armistice.

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Marking 100 years since Armistice 

On 11 November 2018, communities will gather on beaches across the UK to say thank you and goodbye. Film-maker Danny Boyle invites you to join him in marking 100 years since Armistice and the end of the First World War. Pages of the Sea is a unique moment to say goodbye, together, to the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return.

You’re invited to beaches across the UK where, over the course of several hours, a portrait of an individual from the First World War will emerge from the sand. And then, as the tide rises, watch as it’s washed away as we take a moment to say a collective goodbye.

Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem especially for the moment, to be read by individuals, families and communities on the day.

Get involved here in Cornwall or Devon 

Join us on the day to watch and create

Come and share this unique experience on beaches around Cornwall and Devon, during the afternoon of Sunday 11 November.

You'll be able to see the giant portrait take shape in the sand, created by a small team of local volunteers and artists, before it is washed away by the tide, in a poignant moment, and hear Carol Ann Duffy’s specially commissioned poem read out loud. At many of the beaches there will be performances by local choirs.

You can also join in by creating your own silhouettes of individuals in the sand, using stencils provided by us, to remember the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict. 

Timings and activities

Find out more about activities at timings at the beaches, on the Pages of the Sea website:

Get involved more fully in the event 

Would you like to get more fully involved in the event, for example helping to create the 30-metre sand portrait and overseeing smaller stencilled artworks on the day, stewarding on the beach, or representing your own relevant community group at the event? Email if you’d like to be involved. 

Armistice at the Eden Project

Here at the Eden Project we’ll also be marking the occasion with a moving performance by local choirs, against the backdrop of our magnificent Infinity Blue sculpture. Between 10.45am and 11.15am the Cornwall County Youth Choir, Carclaze voices and NoteAbility will perform a selection of World War One songs, stopping for two-minutes' silence at 11am. 

Get involved online

You can also take part online. Discover other individuals who left their shores. See their faces and find out who they were. Those from your community, those who shared your name. You can even add your own image of someone from the First World War from your own family or community and say a personal goodbye.

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Who's behind Pages of the Sea

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Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, in partnership with the National Trust, Activate Performing Arts, Creative Foundation, Eden Project, National Theatre Scotland, Nerve Centre, Sunderland Culture & Taliesin in association with Aberystwyth Arts Centre, The Grand Theatre of Lemmings, Magna Vitae, MOSTYN, SeaChange Arts, Swansea Council, Swansea University, Theatre Orchard and Visit Blackpool. 

Sand portraits designed by Sand in your Eye.

Supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Big Lottery Fund, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

With additional support from Backstage Trust, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) and National Rail.

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