Exhibition celebrating the CWGC's first 100 years

To mark the centenary of the CWGC’s foundation by Royal Charter in 1917, a ground-breaking exhibition is being staged at CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery near Woking, Surrey.

FREE Guided Tours of Brookwood Military Cemetery

Led by our volunteer guides, the free 45-minute tours cover stories of the fallen and the history of the CWGC. Tours start at 11am and 2pm, seven days a week*. No advance booking required.

It was officially opened on Saturday 20 May by English actor and adventurer Brian Blessed OBE and will run for six months.

For Then, For Now, Forever celebrates the first 100 years of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Curated by CWGC Archivist Andrew Fetherston, it is being staged in the Grade 1 listed Canadian Records Building at Brookwood Military Cemetery – the largest CWGC site in the UK with more than 5,000 burials and 3,500 commemorations on the Brookwood Memorial.

The exhibition tells the history of the CWGC from its foundation during the First World War through to the present day, using historic objects and artefacts from our archive and collections.

Many of the exhibits have never been publicly displayed before. They include an original First World War grave marker and a petition from the 1920s addressed to our then-President, HRH Edward, Prince of Wales. The petition contains more than 8,000 signatures – predominantly from mothers who had lost sons in the war – asking the Commission to reconsider the use of a uniform headstone in favour of a cross.

These and other objects tell the sometimes difficult story of how the vision of one man -- Fabian Ware -- came to forever change the way we remember the war dead.

The exhibition will be open from 20 May to 19 November.

How do I get there?


The Canada Building, CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey GU24 0JB

Open 7 days a week, 10.00-16.00


Cemetery tours

Tours of Brookwood Military Cemetery covering its history, features and stories are also being offered daily at 11am and 2pm by trained volunteer guides.

To organise a group visit to the exhibition and a tour of the cemetery, email community@cwgc.org

*Please note that all of our guides are volunteers, CWGC endeavours to ensure that guides are available daily for tours at 11am and 2pm.  However, we cannot guarantee that a guide will be available and apologise for any inconvenience caused should this affect your visit.

Want to volunteer?

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