Category Archives: My Research

Remembering the first daylight air raid

13 June 1917 marks the centenary of the first daytime air raid on London. On this day, 20 Gotha bombers dropped more than 100 bombs on the capital, killing 162 people. This was the highest death toll from a single … Continue reading

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100 years of Imperial War Museums

IWM was founded on 5 March 1917 while the First World War was still being fought. The museum was formed not as a monument to military glory, but as a record of the toil and sacrifice of those who had … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Disaster – The Greatest Explosion in London

On 19 January 1917 at precisely 6:52pm, the horrors of war were abruptly inflicted upon an unsuspecting East London neighbourhood. In a matter of moments, the previously tranquil area was transformed into a mirror of the Western Front, featuring chaotic scenes … Continue reading

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Remembering the Barnbow Lasses

On 5 December 1916, an explosion at Barnbow Shell Factory in Leeds killed 35 female workers and injured many more. Today, the site of the factory is protected as a scheduled monument by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, but … Continue reading

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Remembering a local nurse

  On 21 April  1919, Newcastle’s John Ogg replied to a request from the Imperial War Museum for a photograph of his daughter Kate. It was the day before what would have been her 32nd birthday. She had died just … Continue reading

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National Poetry Day – the story behind a poem

    Thursday 6 October is National Poetry Day, which encourages everyone to enjoy, discover and share poetry – this year’s theme is Messages: say it with a poem. Lives of the First World War member Michael Glover recently contacted … Continue reading

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Stories from The Somme: A Visual History

To mark the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme in July 2016, IWM published The Somme: A Visual History, a new book which tells the story of the famous battle.  In this guest blog by author … Continue reading

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Volunteering for Lives of the First World War

With over 100,000 members and more than 7.6 million Life Stories, Lives of the First World War continues to thrive during the centenary period. To support the IWM team, a group of 16 dedicated Volunteers offer both their time and expertise to help shape … Continue reading

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‘We’re here because we’re here’ – the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme

1 July 2016 saw many ceremonies and events to mark the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme. One of the most striking was the unexpected appearance of thousands of actors dressed as British soldiers, in … Continue reading

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Our Research: the Men in Kent who said No to War

  To mark International Conscientious Objector Day on 15 May, we are highlighting the wonderful research carried out at the Kent History and Library Centre, Maidstone. Archive documents held at the Centre include a collection of case files for 153 Conscientious Objectors … Continue reading

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