British Library launches First World War website


Danish reservists mobilsed in 1914 to preserve neutrality (British Library Collection)

The UK’s British Library has launched a website dedicated to the Centenary of the First World War.

It combines 50 scholarly articles about the First World War with a wide range of archive material that covers a large number of nations that were involved in the conflict.

Themes covered include: life as a soldier, civilians, propaganda and historical debates.

Pan-European commemoration

The British Library is taking a lead role in the UK’s part in a pan-European commemoration of the First World War, Europeana 1914-1918.

The project has made hundreds of thousands of newly digitised material relating to stories and events of the war available online for free, including 10,000 items from the British Library’s First World War collections.

The British Library’s dedicated First World War website offers curated access to nearly 500 of these items. Collection items are complemented by short films and interviews with academics and authors, plus a dedicated teachers’ area.

To find out more about Europeana 1914-1918, click here. The British Library’s First World War website can be accessed here.

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