Diaries of the Here and Now

A new project to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice coming soon

About this project

Put the date in your diary 11th November 2018 and sign up to the mailing list here  to receive news of the official launch and how to take part

100 years ago on 11 November 1918 the guns fell silent and hostilities ceased on the western front with the signing of the armistice.

100 years later we have reached a day that maybe the men dared to dream was a day they were fighting for, a day in the future that their children’s children would see. A day when the world might be a better place because of their actions. The Diaries of the Here and Now will record that day and give a snapshot into the lives of the people who take part.

The Diaries of the Here and Now is a two part project developed by artist Dawn Cole in partnership with University of Kent Special Collections & Archives and The Canterbury Journey at Canterbury Cathedral to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice.

Small hand-made blank diaries (A7 size) can be collected at two sites in Canterbury plus a downloadable worksheet will be available for those who wish to make their own diary or can’t get to Canterbury to collect one.

From late October a free Diaries of the Here and Now pack can be collected from:

  1. Templeman Library Welcome Hall, Canterbury Campus, University of Kent
  2. Chapter House, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury

Part 1 asks you to use this hand-made blank diary to record your day on 11th November 2018. You can record anything about your day; your thoughts, your feelings, what you did, something important that happened and can be recorded in any way;

  • through written form,
  • photographs,
  • collage,
  • painting,
  • poetry,
  • creative writing
  • printing
  • colour

the possibilities are endless, but the finished diary must be contained within the small book. 

The completed diaries will be returned, in the envelope provided to the place they were collected where they will be catalogued and entered into their archives as a permanent record of peoples’ lives on this one day.

Part 2 of this project will be an exhibition of a selection of diaries at both sites in the Autumn of 2019 – 100 years after the first Remembrance Day.

If you would like to receive news of the official launch, where to collect a diary, how to download a worksheet and how to take part then please sign up to the mailing list here


Note: by signing up to this newsletter you will only receive news of when the Diaries of the Here and Now project is officially launched and how to take part. The mailing list will only be used by Dawn Cole and not passed on to any other parties.