The Battle of the Somme film at Hamworthy Library

Imperial War Museums (IWM) and Poole Libraries, as part of the First World War Centenary Partnership, are working together to show the UNESCO listed film The Battle of the Somme, to audiences across the world. 

Shot and screened in 1916, it was the first feature length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film was perceived by the public. In the year of its release around 20 million people, almost half the population of Britain at the time, watched The Battle of the Somme many hoping to see the image of a loved-one or friend captured on film. One hundred years later, this unique film from IWM’s collection is being shown to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. 

Laura Rossi’s new score was commissioned to mark the 90th anniversary of The Battle of the Somme. The re- mastered film was screened for the 90th anniversary of the Battle to a full house at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, with the premiere of Laura’s orchestral score, performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra. It received a glowing 5 star review in The Times.

“And these troops in the mud grinned or stared at us to a new music score by Laura Rossi, brilliantly effective.” Geoff Brown, The Times.

Battle of the Somme will be shown at Hamworthy Library on Tuesday 5 July at 3pm. Tickets are free but booking is essential. Phone 01202 262449 or email

For more information about the First World War Centenary Partnership’s plans to commemorate the Battle of the Somme visit

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