This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and Westminster Law School are working together to show the UNESCO listed film The Battle of the Somme to audiences across the world. Shot and screened in 1916, it was the first feature length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film was perceived by the public.
In the year of its release around 20 million people, almost half the population of Britain at the time, watched The Battle of the Somme - many hoping to see the image of a loved one or friend captured on film. One hundred years later, this unique film from IWM’s collection, is being shown to commemorate the anniversary of the battle.
The screening of this film will be followed by food and drink refreshments in Portland Hall - where there will be additional archive material, displays and information to mark the centenary of this historic event.
This event is free and open to all.