World War I Commemorated: “We’re here because we’re here”

World War I Commemorated: "We're here because we're here"

This weekend, volunteers took part in an artwork installed across the UK to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The piece was conceived by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller and the National Theatre’s Rufus Norris – the latest commission from 14-18 Now.

 “We’re here because we’re here” involved thousands of soldiers dressed in First World War uniforms appeared unexpectedly in towns and cities across the UK as part of a live public memorial on an unprecedented scale. The project marked the centenary of the Battle of the Somme during World War I, fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire.

Our team researched an in-depth guide to the causes of World War I exploring the debates as to what actually caused the war which you can read here.

Main image credit: ‘we’re here because we’e here’ conceived and created by Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, photo by Eoin Carey