5 October 2018

Pages of the Sea: a portrait of a World War One soldier, emerging from the sand on a beach.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 when we'll come together to say goodbye, and share the stories of 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 thank you.

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

Get Involved

The Eden Project will be leading events at beaches around the coast of Cornwall and Devon, including Porthmeor in St Ives, East Looe in Cornwall and Saunton Sands in Devon.  You can find details of other beach event locations at Pages of the Sea

Peter Stewart from Eden Project said:

“We are honoured to be part of Danny Boyle’s Pages of the Sea commemoration. The Eden Project is all about bringing people and communities together and there cannot be a more poignant day for the country to come together than Sunday 11 November, the centenary of Armistice Day. We hope that as many people as possible can gather on the beaches of the South West and across the UK to mark this very special day in a way that none of us will ever forget.”

Join in online

If there aren't any beaches nearby, 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 thank you and goodbye.

Find out more at PagesoftheSea.org.uk.

Pages of the Sea

Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, in partnership with National Trust, Activate Performing Arts, Creative Foundation, Eden Project, National Theatre Scotland, Nerve Centre, Sunderland Culture and Swansea Council.

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.