Resources

 

Please note that we take no responsibility for the content on these sites, nor can we update links (correct as of February 2018). We have provided these as a guide to useful resources on the subject of the First World War.

Behind Their Lines: Poetry of the Great War

http://behindtheirlines.blogspot.co.uk/
On this blog, Professor Connie Ruzich shares lesser known poetry of the First World War, described by her as ‘lost voices and faded poems’.

Brighton and Hove Museums & Royal Pavilion exhibitions

http://www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk/Museums/Pages/currentexhibitions.aspx
There are various current and upcoming exhibitions and projects at Brighton & Hove’s Museums and the Royal Pavilion. Information on these can be found on these pages.

British Pathé’s extraordinary film archive

British Pathé is arguably the finest newsreel archive globally and it holds in the region of 85,000 films, each with strong historical and cultural significance. The collection covers the years from 1896 to 1976 and, as such, incorporates material from the First World War. The archive is free to view on the website (British Pathé website) or on their YouTube channel. While the exact details relating to year and location remain unknown, this video is nevertheless evocative in portraying more ordinary events (shaving, eating, cooking) against a wholly extraordinary backdrop. The collection related to Indian soldiers is available here.

DeBuren

http://www.deburen.eu/
One of our Associated Partners, the Flemish-Dutch House deBuren (‘the neighbours’) presents beauty and wisdom of the Low Countries, and offers a platform for debate about culture, science, politics and society in Flanders, The Netherlands and Europe.

Deutches Literatur Archiv Marbach

http://www.dla-marbach.de/startseite/index.html
One of our Associated Partners, Deutsches Literatur Archiv in Marbach (DLA) is one of the most important literary institutions worldwide.

EFG1914 Project

http://www.europeanfilmgateway.eu/content/efg1914-project
A portal to c.2900 historic films relating to the First World War, including newsreels, documentaries, fiction and propaganda.

Empire, War & Faith: The Sikhs and World War One

http://www.empirefaithwar.com/
Free exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London from 9 July until 28 September 2014.

English Words in War-Time Project

https://wordsinwartime.wordpress.com/
This tracks in ‘real time’ the emerging lexical history of war-time language on the Home Front and the reporting of war as documented by the rector Andrew Clark from August 1914 to 1918.

Europeana 1914-1918

http://www.europeana1914-1918.eu/en
Presenting untold stories and official histories of WW1, this allows you to explore stories, films and historical material about the First World War and contribute your own family history.

EYE Film Institute

https://www.eyefilm.nl/en
One of our Associated Partners, the EYE Film Institute Netherlands is a sector-wide institute that supports Dutch national cinema culture.

Feeling War

http://www.smb.museum/ausstellungen/detail/der-gefuehlte-krieg.html
An exhibition at our Associated Partner, Museum Europäischer Kulturen, which explores various wartime emotions. Runs from 27 June 2014 until 30 August 2015.

Forgotten Heroes

An online exhibition dedicated to sharing the story of the North African men who served on the Western Front. (Read more)

Gefangene Bilder. Wissenschaft und Propaganda im Ersten Weltkrieg

https://historisches-museum-frankfurt.de/archiv2014-16#gefangene_bilder
An exhibition on North African prisoners-of-war at Historisches Museum Frankfurt from 11 September 2014 until 15 February 2015.

The Great War in Africa Association

http://gweaa.com/
The Association brings together researchers of the Africa campaigns, directs those with an interest in the campaigns with to relevant source information, provides those in Africa with an understanding of their heritage, and remembers those countries affected by the campaigns.

The Guardian First World War 100 Years On

http://www.theguardian.com/world/firstworldwar
This British newspaper publishes stories about the First World War 100 years on.

The Imperial War Museum First World War Galleries

http://www.iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm-london/first-world-war-galleries
One of our Associated Partners, this part of their site provides information on the displays and exhibitions at the Imperial War Museum in London that relate to the First World War.

In Flanders Field Museum

http://www.inflandersfields.be/en
One of our Associated Partners, the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres is a well visited museum on the First World War with a focus on war experience and cultural encounters in war.

International Society for First World War Studies

http://www.firstworldwarstudies.org/
The Society is an international network of scholars that supports the historical study of the First World War.

Legacies of War (University of Leeds)

http://arts.leeds.ac.uk/legaciesofwar/
This First World War centenary project works with people and organisations in Leeds, the UK and internationally to explore the legacies of the First World War.

Lautarchiv der Humboldt-Universität Berlin

http://www.sammlungen.hu-berlin.de/sammlungenaktiv/20/
One of our Associated Partners, the Soundarchive of the Humboldt University hosts an acoustic collection of approximately 7500 shellac records, wax cylinders and recording tapes. The recordings document voices of celebrities from the beginning of the 20th century, prisoners of war during WWI and a comprehensive collection of German and other European dialects.

Legacy of Valour: a community heritage project

The Legacy of Valour project was launched in Reading in 2014 with the aim of increasing awareness of the contribution of Indian troops to the First World War. This was achieved through an exhibition, talks, and excursions. More information is available from the Legacy of Valour booklet (view). The project was featured in the Autumn/Winter 2015 edition of Today Magazine, issue 11 (read). The project has recently published Legacy of Valour – a Community Heritage Project. The 60-page book details project activities and research findings. To purchase, please contact Inderpal Dhanjal.

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/archivespec/archives/collections.aspx#lhcma
Founded in 1964, the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives is a leading repository for research into modern defence policy in Britain.

Make Way for Democracy!

https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/exhibit/make-way-for-democracy/TQISY1wF_VQzJQ
A partnership between the National WW1 Museum and Memorial (Kansas City, USA) and the Google Cultural Institute, this online exhibition portrays the lives of African Americans during the war through a series of rare images, documents, and objects.

Making War, Mapping Europe

www.mwme.eu
A collaborative research project funded by HERA, asking the question ‘to what extent did military cultural encounters help to shape collective perceptions of ‘the self’, ‘the other’, of Europe and of its borders in the period between 1792 and 1920?’

Museum Europäischer Kulturen

http://www.smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/museum-europaeischer-kulturen/home.html
One of our Associated Partners, this museum has around 280,000 objects to reflect everyday life in Europe, with an emphasis on Germany, from the eighteenth century to the present day.

Stichting ‘De jazz van het bankroet’

http://www.bankroetjazz.nl/
One of our Associated Partners, De Jazz van het Bankroet is a Dutch foundation that works with other institutions in order to create multimedia productions, such as film, theatre, books, DVDs, and websites.

Uncovering hidden stories of the First World War

Find out about Heritage Lottery Fund funding for First World War projects

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) provides funding to help communities and organisations across the UK to explore, conserve and share stories of the First World War. HLF has already funded more than 1000 project marking the Centenary but there are still many more hidden stories yet to discover. This booklet provides an offering of the types of community projects that the HLF funds (view booklet). For further information, please visit HLF’s site on the First World War.

World War I in Africa Project

http://wwiafrica.tumblr.com/
This initiative tells the story of the involvement of Africans in the First World War.