Lights out for the First World War


We are commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War with 'Lights Out' today (Monday).

On the 4 August 1914 at 11pm Great Britain declared war on Germany. One hundred years later on 4 August 2014, along with organisations and individuals across the country, we will mark the event by turning out the lights on our website and in our building.

'Lights Out' is an invitation to everyone in the UK to turn off their lights from 10pm until 11pm, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection.

This is inspired by the words of Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary in 1914:
'The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.'

At 10pm we will:

  • Blackout the homepage on the website and the digital screens in the building for one hour showing the Edward Grey quote
  • Turn off the lights at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre end of the building at the end of The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Illuminate the tower top, as our single light source

More details of Lights Out events happening across the UK.

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