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Family Day: The Unknown Warrior

Family Day: The Unknown Warrior

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Join us to uncover the story behind The Grave of the Unknown Warrior in this online event for families.

The Unknown Warrior was laid to rest in Westminster Abbey one hundred years ago.

At this special event, held in partnership with the National Army Museum as part of their Buried Among Kings exhibition, your family will:

  • Explore the tale of the Reverend David Railton in an interactive Makaton storytelling, discovering how one man's idea to honour the fallen of the First World War became a reality
  • Create your own unique and memorable wreath to mark the Unknown Warrior, or someone important in your life, just like the wreaths that have been laid at this special grave in the Abbey for 100 years.

Tickets

This is a family event for children (aged 8+) and adults to attend together over Zoom. Please book one ticket per family (free) via the National Army museum website. Lone adults are unable to attend. 

After booking, a member of the National Army Museum Learning Team will be in touch to confirm the name and ages of the children attending — this is for safeguarding purposes. On the day of the session, you will be sent a Zoom link allowing you to join, 30 minutes before the start.


National Army Museum

Established in 1960 by Royal Charter, the National Army Museum is the United Kingdom’s leading authority on the history and traditions of the British Army. It explores the impact that soldiers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth have had throughout the world, from the 17th century to the present day. Through its world-class collections, the Museum safeguards and shares the stories and values of ordinary people who have been called upon to bear extraordinary responsibilities on behalf of others.

Through objects, paintings, photography and personal testimony, its Buried Among Kings exhibition explores how the idea for this symbolic memorial of the Grave of the Unknown Warrior came about, and the significance of this memorial which recently marked its 100th anniversary.


The Unknown Warrior

For a sneak peek into the story of this special grave, your family can enjoy this short video.

Parents and carers can find out more about the Warrior's remarkable story in this article specially commissioned to mark the centenary of his burial in the Abbey in November.

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