Pages Of The Sea: Danny Boyle

11th November 2018

Weymouth Beach 12.30pm onwards
Lyme Regis 11am onwards

On 11 November 2018, communities will gather on beaches across the UK to say thank you and goodbye. Film-maker Danny Boyle invites you to join him in marking 100 years since Armistice and the end of the First World War. Pages of the Sea is a unique moment to say goodbye, together, to the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return.

You’re invited to beaches across the UK where, over the course of several hours, a portrait of an individual from the First World War will emerge from the sand. And then, as the tide rises, watch as it’s washed away as we take a moment to say a collective goodbye. Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem especially for the moment, to be read by individuals, families and communities on the day. 



How to get involved

On the Day
Weymouth Beach: 12.30pm onwards
Lyme Regis: 11am onwards

Visit either location to watch the artwork take shape during the course of the day. Each event centres around the drawing of a large-scale portrait of a casualty from the First World War which will be washed away as the tide comes in. In addition, the public will be asked to join in by creating stenciled silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict. 
Full timings, access and parking information will be available soon.

Open Mic Sessions
Weymouth Beach: 1pm – 2pm and 3pm – 4pm
Lyme Regis: 2pm – 3pm
In addition to Carol Ann Duffy’s new poem you are invited to share your own chosen words which can be on a personal level on the beach or through the informal ‘Open Mic’ sessions available during the afternoon. Contributions to share may include existing poems, letters or pieces of writing or be a new response to the First World War you have created personally or with a group.
Register your interest in sharing your words here.

If you can spare some time to help make these events happen, then please consider joining our friendly volunteer team. Contact Andrea Frankham-Hughes on 07971 058 336 or register your interest online here.

'Up to the Line' Creative Writing Workshop
Tuesday 23rd October and Tuesday 30th October, 2pm – 4pm
Weymouth Library, Great George St, Weymouth DT4 8NN
Join a FREE two- part poetry workshop. Explore the work of war poets Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke and others through reading and discussion leading to the creation of new poems from workshop prompts and tuition. Led by Matt West from Artful Scribe.

Family History Workshop
Wed 24th October 10am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 4pm
Dorset History Centre, Dorchester DT1 1RP
This free event led by Maria Gayton will give individuals and families the chance to research their family history and personal connection to the First World War. Guided by experts and with a wealth of resources available at the Dorset History Centre, this is a fantastic opportunity to discover your own links to World War One, and a chance to say a very personal goodbye at the Pages of the Sea event on 11th November.
Tickets are FREE but limited to 20 places only and must be booked in advance.

ANZAC Story Cafe
Sat 27th October 2pm – 5pm
Waverley Community Hub, 121 Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth, DT4 0JX
Ever wondered why the streets in Westham are named after Australia? Come and find out the vital role that Weymouth played supporting Australian and New Zealand soldiers during World War One.
You are invited to join local historians and residents for a free, informal afternoon discovering this fascinating time in Weymouth’s history. Bring along your own stories to share, delve into the Anzac history archives or simply find out more from the experts.
FREE event with no booking required. Free refreshments provided.

You can also take part online. Discover other individuals who left their shores. See their faces and find out who they were. Those from your community, those who shared your name. You can even add your own image of someone from the First World War from your own family or community and say a personal goodbye.  Get involved and find out more at


For more information about the project and opportunities to get involved: 

Press Contact:
Lyndsey Harvey 

Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, in partnership with National Trust, Activate Performing Arts, Creative Foundation, Eden Project, National Theatre Scotland, Nerve Centre, Sunderland Culture and Swansea City Council.

Supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Big Lottery Fund, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.


With additional support from Backstage Trust, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) and National Rail.


Activate is funded by Arts Council England, Dorset County Council, the Arts Development Company, West Dorset Distrit Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.