Past Roadshows

Never Such Innocence holds a series of roadshows across the British Isles to encourage children and local communities to play a part in the centenary commemorations. During the 2015/16 and 2016/17 competitions we have visited the length and breadth of the British Isles encouraging local communities to engage with their shared history and heritage ensuring young people nationally are inspired, informed and included in the centenary activities.

The roadshows take place in special venues (previous venues include Glasgow City Chambers, HMS Iron Duke and The Manx Museum) and are attended by local schoolchildren, local dignitaries, politicians, representatives of the Armed Forces, cadets, representatives from educational bodies and community groups, and local/regional press. We invite local children to read poems they have penned themselves, or previous winning poems. With the launch of Songs of the Centenary, many of our roadshows also feature performances of songs written during workshops run by our Artist in Residence, Marty Longstaff. Our partner, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, joins the roadshow to highlight local Commonwealth War Graves and encourage schools to visit them to inspire their competition entries.

We have so far visited communities in Jersey, Reading, Isle of Man, Glasgow, Guernsey, Blackwood, Exeter, Chester, Liverpool, Portsmouth and Leek. Thank you to everyone that has welcomed us into their community.

Our 2017/18 competition will be our biggest and best yet, and our Roadshows will reach more communities across the British Isles.  Further details about where our 2017/18 Roadshow will visit may be found here, we hope to see you there!


MP urges young Islanders to enter WWI centenary poetry competition
Children given inspiration as they remember the sacrifices of World War I
Never Such Innocence - RAF Odiham
Schools take party in Great War remembrance event
Local pupils encouraged to get involved with war art project
Rebecca chosen for Passchendaele role
'It was unprecedented' Battle of Passchendaele remembered
Young Poet Rewarded with invitation to Passchendaele
Youngsters invited to get creative in helping to commemorate 100 years since the First World War
Poetry success for Orkney school pupil
Children to commemorate WW1 onboard ship
'Salonika Remembers' - schools invited to explore CWGC sites in Greece
Brighton student wins international art competition
Rule Britannia with Mappin & Webb's military watches
Island youngsters collect awards at House of Lords
Butt to Barra District News
Broxburn Academy artist celebrating after impressing judges during national competition
Lewis and Harris pupils at House of Lords to receive awards
Around Orkney
St Patrick’s pupil wins poetry award
Josh’s poem about First World War sacrifice makes top five in UK
West Lothian schoolgirl takes top poetry award
Teenager from Overseal chosen to win arts award at House of Lords
Never Such Innocence - Commemorating the Men and Women of the Great War
Aileag: Never Such Innocence
Never forget: Glasgow youngsters remember the First World War
Lest we forget: War charity launches schools competition
Children remember soldiers with poetry
Manx children remember the First World War
Take pride in Great War sacrifice
John Madejski Academy to host launch of nationwide First World War art and poetry competition
Royals attend Never Such Innocence poetry launch
How a new generation remembers - interview with Lady Lucy French, granddaughter of WWI General Sir John French
Charity initiative brings First World War into classroom
Today’s teenage war poets make me proud
Transatlantic Ties to the Special Relationship
Students impress in WWI art contest
Teen poet and University College School student Sam Kaplin wins prestigious national poetry competition
Charity of the week
BBC R4 The World Tonight
The Stage
NSI - House Magazine
A sense of theatre…
Centenary News
How Britain will mark Great War centenary
Town mouse visits Australia House

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