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The unveiling of the Menin Gate - how blind veterans told the story

24 July 2017

Two blind soldiers' accounts of the unveiling of the Menin Gate 90 years ago today have been voiced for the charity, Blind Veterans UK, founded as St Dunstan's during WW1.

'Lest We Forget' - Oxford campaign to save WW1 stories for future generations

14 July 2017

An Oxford University team is leading a UK-wide drive to find and conserve First World War photos, letters and mementos beyond the close of the Centenary in 2018.

'A legacy for future generations' - Auckland Museum's new remembrance gallery

02 December 2016

A new gallery for New Zealanders to discover and commemorate those who've served their country in war has opened at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

'Changing the Landscape' - artist's personal quest for great uncle killed on the Somme

19 April 2016

Centenary News visits artist Sarah Kogan's exhibition telling the story of her great uncle who fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Revealed: Most popular First World War baby names

06 March 2016

The battles of the Great War were the most popular choice for families naming babies after wartime events, research by the UK National Archives reveals.

WW1 hospital diaries go online from UK National Archives

13 January 2016

The challenges of treating First World War casualties on the battlefield and at sea are revealed in newly-released online records from Britain's National Archives.

'The Caribbean's Great War' - Centenary project remembers West Indian soldiers

06 January 2016

The contribution made by Caribbean soldiers to the Allies in the First World War is being given further recognition in a series of initiatives by the West India Committee in the UK.

HMS Hampshire memorial project: full list of 746 names published

14 December 2015

The names have been released of all the men who'll be remembered on a new memorial to the loss of the British warship, HMS Hampshire, off Orkney in June 1916.

Battle of Loos 'behind the scenes' revealed in Army HQ diaries

08 October 2015

The UK National Archives mark the Battle of Loos Centenary with the online release of diaries shedding light on the tactics and decisions of top military commanders.

British Library to archive Centenary News website

06 October 2015

The British Library has selected Centenary News to include in its UK Web Archive, containing websites of "cultural and historical significance".

1915 UK Merchant Navy records go online for WW1 Centenary

30 June 2015

The names of hundreds of thousands of seafarers who kept Britain supplied in 1915, the first full year of the Great War, can be searched online for the first time.

Thousands who refused to take up arms remembered online by IWM

15 May 2015

The names of 16,500 conscientious objectors were added to the Imperial War Museum's Centenary memorial website today (May 15th 2015) - International Conscientious Objectors Day. 

Irish government launches year of commemorations for 1916 Easter Rising

07 April 2015

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny launches Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme to commemorate 1916 Easter Rising.

'Gallipoli in Pictures' - soldier's 1915 campaign paintings unveiled in Northern Ireland

07 March 2015

A British officer's painting of a shell exploding over Gallipoli is among the highlights of a scrapbook of water-colours, sketches and photos released by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

WW1 online medical records project hits 100,000 names

05 March 2015

UK military genealogy specialists, Forces War Records, have now transcribed 100,000 medical records of British First World War soldiers as part of a project to make them available online.

64,000 Royal Marine records added to IWM's digital memorial site

08 February 2015

The Imperial War Museum has added the records of more than 64,000 Royal Marines to Lives of the First World War, its digital memorial to those caught up in the conflict.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission releases new archive records to researchers

29 January 2015

Archives relating to the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have been made available to researchers and members of the public.

Canada: Launch of GWCA 'Doing Our Bit' website

15 January 2015

The Great War Centenary Association - Brantford, Brant County, Six Nations in Ontario, Canada - has launched its new website, 'Doing Our Bit', to document the community's involvement during the First World War. 

Archaeologists survey Britain’s largest airfield during First World War

10 December 2014

Archaeologists in the UK have completed the first comprehensive survery of RAF Narborough, a military aerodrome, the largest of its kind used during WW1.

Blog talks of rethink about the role of the Indian soldiers in the First World War

10 December 2014

Shashi Tharoor, an author and member of the Indian National Congress, has written a blog about the 1.3 million Indian troops who served in the First World War.

First World War Exhibition opens at National Library of Ireland

27 November 2014

An exhibition has opened at the National Library of Ireland, in Dublin, running from November 2014 until the end of centenary events in 2018, which reveals the impact of the First World War in Ireland.

The World War I in Africa Project: A visual exploration of an overlooked history

19 November 2014

'The World War I in Africa Project' has been launched to provide information on one of the most overlooked theatres of the war: Africa. 

Details of 600,000 Canadians added to Lives of the First World War digital database

04 July 2014

The details of 600,000 Canadian men and women have been added to the Lives of the First World War digital database for people to add pictures and memories.

Centenary News archived by US Library of Congress

17 June 2014

The US Library of Congress has selected Centenary News to be archived as part of the Library's collection of websites marking the Centenary of the First World War.

Scottish soldiers' wills from First and Second World Wars go online

27 May 2014

The National Records of Scotland has made available the wills of 31,000 Scottish soldiers who fought in the First and Second World Wars.

Gallipoli Centenary Education Project receives £100,000 Heritage Lottery Fund support

08 May 2014

A research project which will bring together young people from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, France, and Turkey to commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign has received £100,000 funding support.

Lusitania was carrying First World War explosives from New York when sunk in May 1915, British files reveal

02 May 2014

The passenger ship Lusitania was carrying munitions when it was sunk by a German submarine in May 1915, documents released by the British Government have revealed.

 

Top secret spy files from First World War go online

10 April 2014

More than 150 top secret files from British intelligence agency MI5 of individuals and organisations involved in spying or being watched have been released online.

New details of German poison gas attack against Irish First World War soldiers

31 March 2014

Journalist Ronan McGreevy of The Irish Times reports that new details have been released by the UK National Archives on a German gas attack on Irish First World War soldiers.

Studying reasons for First World War leads to "permanent state of confusion" Sir Max Hastings claims

25 March 2014

The July crisis of 1914 is the most complex series of events in human history and can make you feel “a bit mad,” author and journalist Sir Max Hastings says.

Archives of Ontario exhibits First World War love letters

13 March 2014

The Archives of Ontario, Canada, has developed the first in a series of exhibitions which will explore the impact of the First World War on the state's people.

Battlefield tactics revealed in latest online First World War diaries from UK National Archives

13 March 2014

 A second batch of almost 4,000 digitised First World War unit diaries from France and Flanders have been put online by the National Archives in London.

Archive of Serbia opens new exhibition to mark First World War Centenary

09 March 2014

The Archive of Serbia - the country's national archive - has opened a new exhibition to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

Wills of 26,000 Scottish First World War soldiers to be made available online

09 March 2014

The wills of 26,000 Scottish soldiers who died in the First World War are to be made available by the National Records of Scotland via ScotlandsPeople.

Library and Archives Canada to digitise 640,000 First World War service files

06 February 2014

Library and Archives Canada is planning to digitise 640,000 personnel service files of members of the First World War Canadian Expeditionary Force.

New BBC series revealing 1,400 stories of life on the UK Home Front starts in February 2014

01 February 2014

The BBC is preparing to launch a major series of programmes highlighting the impact of the First World War on people across the nations and regions of the UK as they went about their daily lives.

'The Army Children of the First World War' Centenary project

24 January 2014

The Army Children Archive (TACA) has developed a project to mark the Centenary of the First World War, which focuses on children during the conflict who had fathers serving in the British Army.

UK National Archives digitises First World War Certificates of Exemption from fighting

22 January 2014

The records of more than 8,000 British men who pleaded not to fight in the First World War have been put online by the National Archives in London.

Austrian press criticises Serbian presentation of 1913 document

17 January 2014

The Austrian press has been critical of the presentation of a document by the National Archive of Serbia, which Serbia claims absolves it of any "guilt" in starting the First World War.

Serbia claims letter from 1913 absolves it of blame for the outbreak of the First World War

16 January 2014

The Director of the National Archive of Serbia, Dr. Miroslav Perisic, has unveiled a copy of a document from 1913 which he claims absolves Serbia of any "guilt" for outbreak of the First World War.

First World War unit diaries go online to mark Centenary

14 January 2014

The UK National Archives has digitised thousands of First World War unit diaries, which are now available to view online.

Austrian National Library to mark First World War Centenary

31 December 2013

The Austrian National Library will mark the Centenary of the First World War with a large scale digitisation project and a major exhibition.

State Library of Queensland launches 'Q Anzac 100: Memories for A New Generation' Centenary programme

20 December 2013

The State Library of Queensland has launched a five year programme of initiatives to commemorate the First World War and Anzac Centenary.

Archive of Serbia and National Assembly plan to tackle “100 times repeated lie” of Serbia’s First World War guilt with 2014 exhibitions

03 December 2013

The Archive of Serbia & National Assembly of Serbia launched the first in a series of exhibitions on First World War documents in November.

The National Library of Wales launches new £1 million First World War digital archive

28 November 2013

The National Library of Wales has launched a digital archive entitled The Welsh Experience of the First World War.

National Archives of France debate: 'Two anniversaries in 2014: The Great War and the year 1944'

17 November 2013

The National Archives of France will hold a debate focusing on the two anniversaries facing France in 2014: the Centenary of the First World War and the liberation of France in 1944.

The National Archives launches new First World War programme for Centenary

13 November 2013

The National Archives at Kew has launched a new programme to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

Step Short Folkestone creates digital archive of 42,000 names of those destined for Western Front

06 November 2013

Step Short has developed an online collection of 42,000 names of soldiers, nurses and other individuals who passed through the town on their way to the Western Front between 1914 and 1919.

First World War database: 'Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War'

28 October 2013

ProQuest is launching a new database - Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War - which will provide access to primary sources from the conflict.

Thousands of British First World War soldiers' wills to be made available online

29 August 2013

Her Majesty's Court and Tribunal Service is releasing the Probate Office's archive of 280,000 First World War soldiers' wills ahead of the Centenary.

Hungarian Defence Ministry announces database of First World War soldier casualties "to be complete by 2018"

16 August 2013

Politicis.hu reports the Head of the Hungarian Defence Ministry’s War Graves Conservation Department has announced that a database detailing First World War casualties will "be complete by 2018".

British Red Cross Museum and Archives First World War digitisation project

19 July 2013

The British Red Cross Museum and Archives plans to provide free online access to its collection of 244,000 personnel index cards for members of the First World War Voluntary Aid Detachment.

British Field Marshal Douglas Haig's First World War diary added to UNESCO register

09 July 2013

British Field Marshal Douglas Haig's First World War diary has been added to the UK Memory of the World Register.

National Library of New Zealand continues digitisation of First World War diaries

19 June 2013

The National Library of New Zealand has written a blog entry about the progress of its "war diaries project".

National Archives completes digitisation of First World War unit diaries

14 April 2013

The National Archives at Kew, England, has completed the digitisation of First World War unit diaries, which are to be made available "before the centenary period begins".

National Archives of Finland and Russian Historical Society agree to further co-operation

10 April 2013

A "memorandum of cooperation" between the National Archives of Finland and the Russian Historical Society could see research projects for the Centenary of the First World War.

‘Foreigners in Calais during the Great War’ resource launched by Municipal Archives of Calais

04 March 2013

The Municipal Archives of Calais have made available their records of foreign nationals in Calais, France, between 1914-1922 as an online resource.

London Metropolitan Archives plan to "tell the stories" of wartime London and Londoners

03 March 2013

The London Metropolitan Archives is preparing "to tell the stories of London and Londoners from 1914-1918" with primary sources relating to the period to mark the Centenary of the conflict.

National Library of Wales continues digitisation of First World War documents

01 March 2013

The National Library of Wales reports on its continuing efforts to digitise around 200,000 documents either from or relating to the First World War period.

Photograph album from the First World War digitised by The National Library of Australia

08 February 2013

The National Library of Australia has digitised a First World War photograph album attributed to Frank Hurley.

Articles & Blogs

New First World War website reveals art and writing of German brothers

26 January 2015

Katherine Quinlan-Flatter reports from Germany on the discoveries which have inspired her to launch a new website devoted to the war experiences of the Kiefer brothers from Ettlingen, near Karlsruhe.

Your Loving Son: The letters home of Cuthbert H T Lucas. What a difference a month makes

04 January 2015

It took just a month for the realities of war to strike home for Captain Cuthbert Lucas. Here, in a third extract for Centenary News from his letters home, he describes the increasingly desperate conditions his 'Biscuit Boys' were facing.

Your Loving Son: The letters home of Cuthbert H T Lucas August 1914

13 October 2014

Captain Cuthbert Lucas’s arrival in France was obviously an auspicious one. Very much the advance party for the BEF, he had been sent to provide the coordination for the successful disembarkation. 

The Story of John Miller Coutts Weir, M.M.,M.C - a family hero

29 July 2014

Centenary News contributor Ottilia Saxl tells the story of her great-uncle John Miller Coutts Weir, who was awarded both the Military Medal in 1916 and Military Cross in 1917 and served in all three services.

Your Loving Son: The Letters Home of Cuthbert H T Lucas 1914 - 1918

25 July 2014

History teacher Steve Warburton begins a series of articles, based on the diaries and weekly letters home of Cuthbert H T Lucas, which reveal  a unique perspective on the First World War from beginning to end.  

Keeping Post: The Post Office during the First World War

21 July 2014

Sally Wenham, who writes for the Post Office shop blog, reveals the First World War research she has been doing to coincide with the release of a selection of coins and stamps.

Punch magazine digital archive will help researchers study First World War

21 July 2014

Mike Swain reports on a new digital archive which sees 150 years of British satirical magazine Punch made available online including its' influential period during the First World war. 

Model project to remember every First World War serviceman from East Belfast

07 July 2014

Historian Jason Burke writes for Centenary News about a project to compile a database of every serviceman from East Belfast who served in the First World War and the hope it will be a model for others.

Sex and the Somme. Soldiers visited brothels to escape the "lunatic world of war."

20 June 2014

Mike Swain listens to a lunchtime lecture given by UCL Teaching Fellow Dr Clare Makepeace entitled "Sex and the Somme" about the hundreds of thousands of First World War soldiers who used brothels.

Popular cartoons give a different insight into attitudes towards First World War

13 June 2014

Mike Swain reports on an exhibition of popular First World War cartoons in London which reveals a different insight into the attitudes of people to the war on the battlefield and at home.

First World War romance between a wounded hero & nurse who thought he was a German spy

26 May 2014

An extraordinary love story, between a heroic British Captain and a nurse who believed he was a German spy, has been uncovered by students looking back into First World War archives.

Lives of the First World War remembered forever in Centenary online memorial

12 May 2014

Families can remember for forever their ancestors who served in the First World War in what is being billed as the biggest online project of the Centenary.

Videos

First World War database: 'Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War'

28 October 2013

ProQuest is launching a new database - Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War - which will provide access to primary sources from the conflict.

Video introduction to the First World War Digital Poetry Archive

05 October 2011

JISC has produced a video introduction to the First World War Digital Poetry Archive, which provides details about the content of the archive and its accessibility.

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