The Great War Archive

The Great War Archive was a groundbreaking digitisation project which the University of Oxford ran in 2008 to encourage members of the public to digitally capture, submit online, catalogue, and assign usage rights to personal items from the First World War. Over 6,500 photos, audio interviews, songs, and histories were collected, capturing a wealth of hitherto undiscovered material held in private hands. Alongside the online submission website the team held a series of roadshow events, inviting communities to bring in their World War One memborabilia for digitisation and discussion.

The success of the Great War Archive, has encouraged Europeana, Europe's digital archive, library and museum, to bring the German National Library into an alliance with Oxford University to roll out the scheme in Germany. Erster Weltkrieg in Alltagsdokumenten (The First World War in everyday documents) is currently running online and has also held a series of submission events. Guides on planning and running such events can be found in the Resources section of this website.

The Great War Archive continues to use Flickr to support their community.

To read about the development of the Great War Archive and the lessons learned by the project team follow the links below:

photograph of Bombardier William Gaunt [seated] from the Great War Archive

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