First World War Centenary Commemorations at Brighton and Hove City Libraries

Royal Engineers Corps – Camp at Portslade, 1914.

The 4th of August 2014 marked the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Brighton and Hove Libraries are commemorating WW1 with book displays, events and much more!

First World War Events

We have a whole series of commemoration events planned, these include poetry workshops, special collection open days, author talks and exhibitions. Find out more with our Events Centenary Timeline.

For WW1 Library events and resources, please see our designated WW1 Centenary Page on our Website. We’ll be updating the Libraries Blog with all our upcoming activities!

For a full list of WW1 events taking place across the city please visit:

First World War Reading Corners

We have developed a dedicated Reading Corner at Hove Library where you can discover and explore the First World War with the Library Service.

The Great War 1914-1918 Fiction BooklistNestle down with the real life diary of a war veteran, read a gripping WW1 fiction, go to the movies with a film or do your family research at home with your feet up!

Working in partnership with East Sussex County Council and West Sussex County Council the Library Service has developed detailed WW1 booklists which you can access in libraries across Brighton and Hove.

Visitors can use the Reading Corner to find out about events and exhibitions taking place throughout the Library Service and also discover all the events happening at local museums and heritage sites.

 Resources and Special Collections

You may not know about the range of fascinating resources the library has on WW1.

Jubilee and Hove Library Special Collections include unique photographs, letters, pamphlets and newspapers.


The Hove Roll of Honour

Visit Hove Library to peruse the Hove Roll of Honour, a collection of 600 war records, photographs and ephemera that belonged to Hove personel who died fighting in WW1.

Have you been making the most of our eLibrary? Trace your own Family Tree using online resources such as Ancestory and Findmypast. What role did your ancestors play in WW1? You can also scan through millions of historical newspapers from the British Library Collection using the British Newspaper Archive.

Use our useful WW1 Centenary Websites list to find out about local and national resources available at archives, museums and other organisations.

 Duncan Andrews and Lucy Day

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