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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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Looking ahead to 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our Supporters, Members and Friends! Thank you for all your wonderful contributions to Lives of the First World War over the past year, and for helping us to remember the toil and sacrifice … 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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The stories behind the stamps

The Royal Mail has released the third set in a five part landmark series, with six stamps designed to mark the events of 1916. In this blog post, we explore the Lives of the First World War stories behind some of these … Continue reading

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My research: The Mystery Medals

At the heart of Lives of the First World War are the Life Stories of more than 7.6 million individuals. They were part of the global conflict that shaped the world we live in today. But how can we find out … Continue reading

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Centenary of the Battle of the Somme

The UK will hold overnight public vigils across the country to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale announced today. The national vigil will be held at Westminster Abbey on 30 June 2016 and there … Continue reading

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Black History Month

October is celebrated as Black History Month across the UK, which highlights the experiences of people of African, Caribbean, or Asian heritage. In this blog post, we’d like to share the story of Arthur William David Roberts, who served with the … Continue reading

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International Day of Peace: Gallipoli Truce

21 September is the International Day of Peace, which pays tribute to those who strive for peace around the world – even in the midst of conflict. The most famous instance of this in the First World War was the Christmas … Continue reading

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Back to School: Lives of the First World War Teaching Resources

As teachers across the UK prepare for back to school, this is the ideal time to browse the Lives of the First World War Teachers Hub. Now with our ready-to-use resources, schools can pick from individual Life Stories linked directly to … Continue reading

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Help us to remember every soldier who fought during the Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme began on 1 July 1916 and continued for five months, with over 1 million casualties. With one year until centenary commemorations begin, Lives of the First World War needs your help complete the life stories of … Continue reading

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