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Telling our story

As we approach 2021, and the Legion’s centenary year, we ask our Membership community to delve into the history of your branches.

Help us share the unique and rich experience of the Legion's past and look to its future Legacy, as we embark on Telling Our Story.

This centenary activity invites all our members to share your branch and club history.

Through printed materials, letters, Legion records, photos, and personal recollections, we can tell the human story of the Legion over the past century. Whilst demonstrating our record of togetherness, Remembrance, and caring for the Armed Forces community, we will signpost our role in the future.

Our historical consultant Dan Hill has produced a few how-to guides with step by step instructions to help you collate and digitise any items, or verbal testimony, you may have. Please register below to attend Dan's webinar in August:

You can also watch the previously held webinars here

We are accepting submissions from 1 July to 30 September 2020. Branch officers should join our Legion 100 Yammer group and keep an eye out for updates about Telling Our Story in the coming weeks.

The themes to consider, and which will also feature in a book marking the centenary, are:

  1. The People - a history of the Legion in Britain from the late teens and early nineteen-twenties up to the present day. Focussing on the major national figures to the stalwarts of branches and communities who have shaped its character and history.
  2. Poppies in production - how the poppies are produced today and how that has grown from small beginnings in the early 1920s. The history of the poppy and the campaigns the Legion has used to encourage people to donate for their poppy.
  3. The Remembrance Day Service - beginning with the story of the Cenotaph and the burial of the Unknown Warrior, a focus on the history and act of commemoration at the national and local levels.
  4. The Legion on the Move - focussing on the practical way the Legion has helped men to find work and develop skills and the disabled men who found work in the poppy factories.
  5. The Legion and its worldwide community - an opportunity to show how world-wide the reach is and how relevant the Legion can be in today’s society, reaching across cultural and age boundaries and show how involved it is in community projects.
  6. Trauma and Rehabilitation - at the heart of membership is assisting veterans in their community.
  7. Conclusion and the future - showing how the Legion looks forward to the next twenty-five, fifty, one hundred years, and how it has to react and change to stay relevant to the times.

How to make submissions for Telling Our Story

Get in touch

If you have any questions or need any further information please contact the project team

tellingourstory@britishlegion.org.uk

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