Events and activities in the city commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Action Stations has an event to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the First World War.
Action Stations has an event to commemorate the centenary anniversary of the First World War.
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On Monday it’s 100 years since the start of the First World War and there are lots of activities across the city being organised to mark the centenary.

Action Stations in the Historic Dockyard has Do You Have What It Takes To Serve In The 1914 British Army?

The daily event is a trail through the museum where children will have to answer questions, take part in games and perform small tasks to receive their physical challenge and identity cards.

If you complete the booklet and figure out the hidden word you will be placed in a draw to win a laser quest session for up to five people.

Stuart Waterman, Administration Manager at Action Stations, says: ‘The centenary year of the First World War is a special occasion and we wanted to commemorate it in our own way.

‘During the war, soldiers would have had to have a certain level of fitness and stamina.

‘We wanted people to complete the tasks that we have set for them to show them that they could have served in the army during the war.

‘We wanted to keep it as authentic as possible, however we do use all of the modern simulators and displays that we have in the centre as we want people to have as much enjoyment as possible.’

The event runs every day through August from 10am-5pm and is free with a valid Historic Dockyard ticket. Visit

Portsmouth Museum has a daily exhibition from 10am-5.30pm called Lest We Forget.

At the heart of the exhibition is a collection relating to about 200 servicemen, women and civilians supporting the war efforts at home.

The collection includes photographs, documents, medals, memorials, certificates of thanks, commemorative and war effort items, as well as gifts to servicemen from Princess Mary.

Discover stories from people involved in the war in the daily exhibition that will run until the end of September.

Next Wednesday at the Royal Marines Museum, Southsea, there is an open day with the curators where you can research your naval and military ancestors .

The team of curators and archivists will be on hand to answer questions from 10am-5pm. Call (023) 9281 9385.

There are also remembrance services next week – go to