Take part


We have a number of activities for you to get involved in as part of our current projects. Scroll down to read about how you can:


  • Be part of a nationwide commemoration project to Name Your Plane for Remember RAF100
  • Take part in the No Barriers medal challenge for Tull100
  • Become a bell ringer for Ringing Remembers
  • Commemorate the Labour Corps from across the world for The Unremembered
  • Research mothers from the UK who lost sons or daughters whilst they were serving in the First World War for Motherhood, Loss and the First World War
  • Explore inspirational women of World War One for Trailblazers: World War One’s Inspirational Women.

Specially-designed No Barriers medals will be available for groups that hold events to mark Walter Tull’s centenary and stand up to discrimination for Tull100. Medals are awarded to groups, rather than to individuals. At the end of the year, 29 special medals will be awarded for exceptional achievements, one for each year of Tull’s life.

To earn a No Barriers medal, you will need to:

  • 1) Commemorate Walter Tull (there are lots of activity ideas in the resource pack)
  • 2) Work together in a group
  • 3) Include new members of the community in your group
  • 4) Include a meaningful No Barriers conversation at your event.

Alongside the No Barriers Medal Challenge, teams will also be invited to dedicate football matches to Walter Tull, and groups across the country can produce creative responses to his life, including writing and art.

Email us at tull100@big-ideas.org to take part or complete our No Barriers Medal Challenge form.

Name Your Plane for Remember RAF100

Schools can take part in a nationwide commemoration project to honour the 4,805 aerial forces who lost their lives during World War One. To commemorate those who are buried in the UK, Remember RAF100 participants are invited to Name Your Plane after an air service person who lost their life during the First World War.

Creatively decorate an aeroplane template and then emblazon the name of a service person on the wings of your creation. Names can be found on our Remember RAF100 database. During 2018 Remember RAF100 will be creating Name Your Place remembrance installations in iconic public spaces.

Email RAF100@big-ideas.org to take part.

Your group can research mothers from the UK who lost sons or daughters whilst they were serving in the First World War for Motherhood, Loss and the First World War. Research shared by your group could include letter exchanges between mothers and sons during the First World War, poetry written about bereavement during the period, newspaper articles, and biographical information about the mothers and their experience of losing their children. You could look into your family histories, look at local archives, contact local history groups, use the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database, look for books or find memorials.

Once the research is complete we invite you to share your research with us by emailing mothers@big-ideas.org. You can also join our Facebook group and connect with others who are taking part in the project. Email us at mothers@big-ideas.org for full information and to take part.

Become a bell ringer to honour the bell ringers that died during the First World War. By joining Ringing Remembers you will:

  • Be part of a unique nationwide project to honour the 1,400 bell ringers lost during the First World War
  • Learn a new skill that is both a sport and an art, social, a mental exercise and good for focus and fitness
  • Be part of a local community and connect with an ancient British tradition
  • Have the opportunity to ring with others across the country on 11 November, marking the centenary of the Armistice.

Become a bell ringer today by filling out our registration form or emailing bells@big-ideas.org.

Explore trailblazing women from World War One for Trailblazers: World War One’s Inspirational Women. Your school can get involved by encouraging students to use their knowledge of First World War women to plan activities within their own local community, including presenting their research in assemblies within their school or (secondary schools only) to feeder primary schools. 

Email us at trailblazers@big-ideas.org to take part.

The Unremembered project continues in 2018. Your group could get involved by organising an activity to commemorate the efforts of the Labour Corps. Use the Unremembered database to find a local Labour Corps grave and discover little-known local heritage. Get your group to do a headstone rubbing, lay flowers or play the Last Post on an instrument. Bring your community together with a reading of Labour Corps stories through the archive scripts.

Email theunremembered@big-ideas.org to take part.