"The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime". Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary, August 1914
To mark the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 on the 4th of August, a special reflective event, LIGHTS OUT, will take place up and down the country, and we're inviting you to take part.
LIGHTS OUT is the headline project of 14-18 NOW the official cultural programme for the First World War Centenary Commemorations, and an invitation to everyone in the UK to turn off their lights from 10pm until 11pm, on the evening of Monday 4th August, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection.
We will be taking part in the LIGHTS OUT event by plunging some of our venues around the Falkirk area into darkness for the evening, leaving only a single light shining in a window. You can look out for LIGHTS OUT at participating venues including, the Hippodrome, FTH, Callendar House, Kinneil Museum, and Falkirk Library, and we would encourage you to take part yourself. The Kelpies will also be taking part by having their lights turned out between 10-11pm to mark the occasion.
LIGHTS OUT is just one event in a programme of exhibitions, workshops, talks, films, and online activity that we will be delivering as part of our centenary commemorations. In addition our web hub, Our Area in the First World War: Memorial, Reflection and Restoration, will launch later in July and be a central point of information for all activities relating to the commemorations of WW1.