Free screenings of original World War 1 film

Our libraries are showing this historic film free of charge


West Sussex County Council libraries in Chichester and Horsham are commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme this November with free cinema shows featuring an original, full-length film shot during the World War 1 battle.

The Battle of the Somme film, which was shot in 1916 and is courtesy of the Imperial War Museums, will be shown on:

• Wednesday 9 November 7 - 9.15pm: Horsham Library, Lower Tanbridge Way, RH12 1PJ. Call 01403 224353.

• Thursday 10 November 7.30 - 9.45pm: Chichester Library, Tower Street,  PO19 1QJ. Call 01243 777351.

Admission is by ticket only and, although free, must be obtained from the relevant library before you travel. Tickets can be reserved by phone.

This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and West Sussex Libraries 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, with a new score by Laura Rossi which was commissioned to mark the 90th anniversary of the film.

IWM is leading the First World War Centenary Partnership, a network of local, regional and international cultural and educational organisations. Together, the Partnership is presenting a vibrant programme of cultural events, activities and digital platforms, enabling millions of people across the world to discover more about life in the First World War.

IWM established the First World War Centenary Partnership in 2010. The founding ambition for the Partnership was that its members would collectively organise and present a vibrant, diverse and far-reaching programme to reflect how people want to remember, commemorate and debate the conflict in their own communities, in a way that is meaningful for them.

For more information about First World War Centenary Partnership activities visit

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Last updated:
6 February 2018

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