Diaries of the Here and Now

A project to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice

About this project

Take part in creating a diary on 11th November 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice

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.

A pack containing a hand-made blank diary (A7 size), instructions, a participation agreement form and return envelope,  can be collected at two sites in Canterbury.

Free Diaries of the Here and Now packs 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. 

Return your completed diary, with a signed agreement form and 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.

If you can’t get to either of the participating venues to collect a pack then you can still take part by making your own book to use as your diary using these downloadable worksheets and instructions:


Worksheet and instructions to donate your diary to the Canterbury Cathedral Archive here


Worksheet and instructions to donate your diary to the University of Kent Special Collections & Archives here


Don’t forget to fill in, sign and return the participation agreement included in the free packs and in the downloadable worksheet, with your completed diary.


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.


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