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Screenings of historic film commemorate Battle of the Somme

This year, Imperial War Museums (IWM) and the Craven and the First World War project are working together to show the UNESCO listed film The Battle of the Somme, to audiences across Craven.


Shot and screened in 1916, it was the first feature length documentary about war, and changed the way both cinema and film was perceived by the public. In the year of its release around 20 million people, almost half the population of Britain at the time, watched The Battle of the Somme, many hoping to see the image of a loved-one, or friend captured on film.  

One hundred years later, this unique film from IWM's collection is being shown to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at the following vneues across Craven:

Wednesday 21st September, 7.30pm - Burton in Lonsdale Village Hall

Tuesday 27th September, 7.30pm - Skipton Town Hall

Friday 7th October, 7.30pm - Settle Victoria Hall

Tuesday 11th October, 7.30pm - Earby New Road Community Centre

Rob Freeman, the museum's Craven and the First World War Project Officer, said: "Many of the local regiments suffered heavy losses during the Battle of the Somme and it is only fitting, therefore, that we should bring the film to Craven to honour the lives of these local men and women who were involved in the fighting. The film provides us with the most realistic impression of what the war was like for the millions serving in France and I believe it should be seen by everyone to understand the true, horrifying nature of war." 

The film lasts 70 minutes and is free to attend. To guarantee a seat, advance booking will be available through the Settle Victoria Hall website (, or in person on the night.

For more information about the First World War Centenary Partnership's plans to commemorate the Battle of the Somme visit