Local History and the First World War: online links

Local and Regional FWW Digital Resources

















www.kent.gov.uk/ww1 online timeline of Kent & Medway during the First World War

Currently, there are over 400 entries for events in the county throughout the war years and into the 1920s (when commemorative work was at its height in Kent.)

Users can browse the timeline to find items of interest throughout the First World War period. All timeline entries have links to further information, so users can discover a wide range additional library & archive resources to gain a deeper understanding of events.

www.surreyinthegreatwar.org.uk Documenting the experiences of Surrey residents during the First World War – both on the home front and battlefields overseas.

www.learnaboutwarmemorials.org War memorials are an important part of our local heritage and can provide a great starting point for schools embarking on a local history project.  As we approach the centenary of the end of World War I, it is an excellent opportunity to explore how this global conflict affected the local area.  Visit www.learnaboutwarmemorials.org to access free downloadable learning materials. Recently added resources include primary and secondary lessons plans and assemblies on the Armistice (www.learnaboutwarmemorials.org/primary/primary-ww1/armistice) as well as case studies about Sussex war memorials (www.learnaboutwarmemorials.org/primary/sussex/sussex-case-studies).

www.clementshallhistorygroup.org.uk Clements Hall Local History Group, York

http://www.badseysociety.uk/sladden-archive Transcriptions of the WW1 letters of a prominent Badsey family

https://www.homefrontlegacy.org.uk Home Front Legacy 1914-18 is a UK wide archaeological recording project that enables everyone to research, re-discover and record the forgotten legacy of the First World War. Sites are recorded on a online Map of Sites with a simple to use and free recording app.

https://www.pooleww1.org.uk Poole Museum - Poole, the First World War and its Legacy

Engagement Centres

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has funded five ‘Engagement Centres’ connecting universities to community groups, including local and regional history groups, to promote research into aspects of the First World War during the centenary commemorations 2014-19. The five centres are:

Queen’s University Belfast : http://www.livinglegacies1914-18.ac.uk/

Birmingham Voices of War and Peace: www.voicesofwarandpeace.org/

University of Hertfordshire: http://www.herts.ac.uk/everyday-lives-in-war/every-day-lives-in-war

University of Kent: www.gatewaysfww.org.uk

University of Nottingham: http://hiddenhistorieswwi.ac.uk/

Each centre is a hub with links to many other universities in the UK. For further details of the interests of these centres, and how groups might relate to them, see ‘First World War Engagement Centres’ by John Beckett in Local History News, no. 113, autumn 2014, pp 7-8.