With the launch of Lives of the First World War on the horizon, we’ve compiled a list of a few things you can do between now and then to make sure you’re ready to start contributing to the platform this spring:
Find out if there are any local projects being organised that you could support on1914.org – is there a group near you planning to research the names on your town’s war memorial? Did your school or employer keep a Roll of Honour of those who signed up? Are there talks or events listed in your area?
Find out what resources are available locally – do you have a local studies section in your library? Has anyone in the past done any research? This research may only be available as a booklet in the local church or library, but Lives of the First World War gives you an opportunity to add to that research and share it more widely.
Listen to the IWM Centenary First World War podcasts and hear from those who experienced the First World War on a variety of topics, including trench life, life on the home front, and war in winter.
Check out the Faces of the First World War Flickr gallery and see if you can find someone whose life story you could help us to uncover for Lives of the First World War.