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The Great War Living History Committee is a nonprofit historical display and living history group depicting Newfoundland soldiers circa 1917/1918. Our objective is to provide free interpretation on the First World War and Royal Newfoundland Regiment. We provide education on this important part of our collective history in an interactive manner while honouring those who served. Our travelling Great War Interpretive Exhibit contains a range of military artifacts and is invaluable in telling the story of the First World War. The committee is based on Newfoundland's Bonavista Peninsula and provides interpretative services at venues throughout our peninsula and beyond. We have worked with the Royal Canadian Legion, schools, communities, historical societies and Parks Canada.


Our efforts focus on the following:

  • Remembrance Ceremonies - We participate in Remembrance Services each July 1st, November 11th and have participated in school based events. Interpreters in period uniform march in parades, lay wreaths and stand vigil at cenotaphs to represent those that are no longer with us.

  • Exhibitions - We make history come alive through the material culture associated with Newfoundland's involvement in the Great War. Our travelling Great War Interpretive Exhibit is comprised of reproduction items intermixed with authentic artifacts including some pieces recovered from Beaumont Hamel. Unlike most exhibits, we encourage people to pick up an object to have a closer look. For more information see Travelling Great War Interpretive Exhibit.

  • Demonstrations - Our uniformed interpretation unit can conduct a variety of training exercises. For example, we use smoke generating canisters to conduct gas drills with our small box respirators. One interactive activity we have developed is a game to simulate grenade training using plastic substitutes filled with sand. For more information see Outreach & Programming Options.

Note: Any “so called weapons” we use in our displays/activities are inert, deactivated, or simply mock ups. Nothing we travel with can fire live ammunition or explode.


Our interpretation services are 100% free of charge but we appreciate donations to aid in our ongoing efforts. To contact us Click Here.





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