12 November 2018

On 11 November 2018, tens of thousands of people gathered with their communities on beaches across the UK to say thank you and goodbye.

Film-maker Danny Boyle invited the country to join him in marking 100 years since Armistice and the end of the First World War, and so many responded.

Pages of the Sea was a unique moment when we come together to say goodbye, and to share the stories of the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return.

Portraits of individuals from the First World War were created in the sand and, as the tides roses, they were washed away, as communities took a moment to say a collective thank you.  Read the stories behind the people.  Carol Ann Duffy's poem to mark the centenary of Armistice Day,The Wound in Time, was read at the beaches, you can read it here now.

Thank you to all who attended and all who volunteered their time for the day: it was truly special to see communities come together to bring this idea, and these people, to life. 

Join in online

You can still search through photographs online of some millions who left their shores during the First World War, who lost their lives, or had them changed forever.  Some may be from your community, some may have shared your name.

Find out more at PagesoftheSea.org.uk.

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.”

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 & 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.