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The Peace to End All Wars

100 years after the end of the ‘war to end all wars’, this display explored the ways in which the First World War has been commemorated—in Bradford and beyond.

11.00 on 11 November 1918 saw the formal ending of hostilities in the First World War, following the signing of the Armistice. 100 years later, we still honour the fallen: sites of national mourning have been created; symbols of Remembrance have gained wide recognition across the world.

The First World War was described as the war to end all wars, yet countless conflicts have emerged since 1918. How would people in 1918 feel if they knew this ‘war to end all wars’ would be followed by so many more?

This display explored the many ways in which conflicts have been commemorated, using images from our collection alongside material from Bradford’s Peace Museum and other credited partners.