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From 2014 to 2018, Trinity College London worked with the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by IWM (Imperial War Museums), to mark the centenary of the First World War, by giving young people the opportunity to work together on creative projects to commemorate the First World War (FWW) and achieve a First World War special edition Arts Award certificate.

This fantastic project saw the achievement of over 3000 awards, with projects such as using archives and objects to explore how it must have felt to be a solider or their family left behind at home, finding out about trench art and war artists and using a wide range of art forms to increase the young people's understanding of the First World War.


The First World War Special Edition certificates are no longer available.  However, anyone interested in using the First World War as an inspiration for their Arts Award can continue to do so in the future and will be provided with a standard Arts Award certificate, rather than a special edition one.

Here are a some more ideas of how you can use the First World War to inspire your Arts Award:

  • Use art work produced during the FWW, or in response to it, as the starting point for new work: paintings, songs, poems, novels, photographs, trench art, posters, postcards – and more.
  • Find out about the people involved in the war and their stories – this could be a family member, your local community or internationally well-known figures. Re-tell these stories in writing, performance, pictures – whatever art form works for you and the children and young people you are working with.
  • Take an object as the starting point: find out what kind of person would have worn a uniform, imagine the story of a piece of military equipment or flag, tell the story of a domestic object, like a sock, from being knitted at home to being worn at the front
If you have any further questions in relation to your Arts Award delivery, please contact us on artsawardenquiries@trinitycollege.co.uk or call 020 7820 6178.