The Great War Living History Committee is a nonprofit historical display and living history group focusing on Newfoundland in the First World War (i.e. Great War). Our interpreters wear reproduction Royal Newfoundland Regiment uniforms/gear to recreate the appearance of Newfoundland soldiers duirng the war years. The goal is to present history in an interesting manner and in the process honour those who served during that conflict.


The committee is based on the tip of Newfoundland's Bonavista Peninsula and provides interpretative services at venues throughout our peninsula and sometimes beyond. To date, we have visited the following communities: Bonavista, Clarenville, Elliston, Little Heart’s Ease, Paradise, Port Blandford, St. John’s, and Trinity Bay North. In addition to communities we have worked with historical societies, Parks Canada, Royal Canadian Legion and schools.


Our efforts primarily 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 from Beaumont Hamel. Unlike most exhibits, we encourage people to pick up an object to have a closer look. Please note all our items are made safe for public display. For more information see Travelling Great War Interpretive Exhibit.

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.





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