Members of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps enjoy their Christmas Dinner, 1917

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A First World War Christmas

Soldiers throughout the First World War found ways to maintain morale and mark the festive season while separated from their loved ones.

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Christmas greetings from the front line

Christmas greetings from the front line

Here we look at some of the Christmas cards sent by soldiers during the First World War, and how they helped ease the pressures of life on the front line.

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Christmas in the trenches, 1915

A First World War Christmas

Soldiers throughout the First World War found ways to maintain morale and mark the festive season while separated from their loved ones.

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Parliamentarian soldiers at a tavern, c1645

The war on Christmas

In 1647, Christmas was almost cancelled as the Long Parliament and its army tried to banish all festivities that smacked against the sober Puritan values of the period.

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Embroidered Christmas cards
Workshop

22 December 2018

FREE

Embroidered Christmas cards

Make your own festive greetings card inspired by the First World War Christmas cards in our collection in this free family workshop.

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Postcard performances: Sending Christmas greetings in the First World War
Performance

22 December 2018

FREE

Postcard performances: Sending Christmas greetings in the First World War

Join us for a series of family-friendly performances, telling the stories behind Christmas postcards sent by soldiers and their loved ones during the First World War.

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Christmas Truce cartoon family workshop
Workshop

23 December 2018

FREE

Christmas Truce cartoon family workshop

Learn how to create your own drawing of the 1914 Christmas Truce, inspired by First World War cartoons in our collection.

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Embroidered Christmas cards
Workshop

24 December 2018

FREE

Embroidered Christmas cards

Make your own festive greetings card inspired by the First World War Christmas cards in our collection in this free family workshop.

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Christmas Truce cartoon family workshop
Workshop

27 December 2018 - 28 December 2018

FREE

Christmas Truce cartoon family workshop

Learn how to create your own drawing of the 1914 Christmas Truce, inspired by First World War cartoons in our collection.

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Postcard performances: Sending Christmas greetings in the First World War
Performance

29 December 2018

FREE

Postcard performances: Sending Christmas greetings in the First World War

Join us for a series of family-friendly performances, telling the stories behind Christmas postcards sent by soldiers and their loved ones during the First World War.

find out more
Embroidered Christmas cards
Workshop

29 December 2018

FREE

Embroidered Christmas cards

Make your own festive greetings card inspired by the First World War Christmas cards in our collection in this free family workshop.

find out more
Christmas Truce cartoon family workshop
Workshop

30 December 2018

FREE

Christmas Truce cartoon family workshop

Learn how to create your own drawing of the 1914 Christmas Truce, inspired by First World War cartoons in our collection.

find out more
Embroidered Christmas cards
Workshop

31 December 2018

FREE

Embroidered Christmas cards

Make your own festive greetings card inspired by the First World War Christmas cards in our collection in this free family workshop.

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Embroidered Christmas cards
Workshop

2 January 2019 - 5 January 2019

FREE

Embroidered Christmas cards

Make your own festive greetings card inspired by the First World War Christmas cards in our collection in this free family workshop.

find out more
Postcard performances: Sending Christmas greetings in the First World War
Performance

5 January 2019

FREE

Postcard performances: Sending Christmas greetings in the First World War

Join us for a series of family-friendly performances, telling the stories behind Christmas postcards sent by soldiers and their loved ones during the First World War.

find out more
Christmas Truce cartoon family workshop
Workshop

6 January 2019

FREE

Christmas Truce cartoon family workshop

Learn how to create your own drawing of the 1914 Christmas Truce, inspired by First World War cartoons in our collection.

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