Our first ever War Graves Week was honoured at the Museum + Heritage awards, winning in the Best use of Digital (UK) category.
Working with the prestigious agency M&C Saatchi, War Graves Week brought local history to life by drawing links between the casualties we commemorate with the world of today.
We launched the ‘Who lived on your street’ tool allowed visitors to our site to search for their post code and discover which of the 1.7 million Commonwealth casualties of the world wars lived closest to them.
At the same time, we sent ‘letters home’ to 24 streets across the UK, inspired by former occupants of those communities who lost their lives during the world wars and are now commemorated by the CWGC.
This led up to War Graves Week itself, where we held a range of physical and digital events to introduce communities across the UK to the history on their doorstep.
Liz Woodfield, CWGC’s Director of External Relations said:
“We are honoured to receive such a prestigious award which highlights the stories of the 1.7m Commonwealth servicemen and women we commemorate.”
Join us for War Graves Week 2022
War Graves Week returns on Saturday 21 May – and we’d love to see you there.
Marking War Graves Week can be as simple as visiting your local cemetery and memorial. With over 1.7 million casualties commemorated at 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries around the world, including over 300,000 commemorated across the UK, there is more than likely a Commonwealth war grave on your doorstep.
Come to a War Graves Week event
We’re running events across the UK, Belgium and France where you can meet our staff, explore our cemeteries and memorials and discover the stories of the extraordinary people that we commemorate every day.
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times – who could you have been?
Around the world ordinary people do extraordinary things every day for their community. They do it today, and they did it during the world wars. Join us this War Graves Week in a celebration of the remarkable everyday men and women who faced extraordinary times during the world wars and gave their lives for their communities.
Our new web app will help you discover how your skills might have been put to use during the world wars, and the stories of ordinary men and women from five key industries who made their mark on history.