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WW1 roadshow at The Beacon, Wantage (October 26th)

Do you have a box hidden deep in the attic, or under the bed, that holds your great grandfather’s war diary? Maybe a letter from the front line? A photo taken at the time? Or a recording? Is there a special story behind it?

Then show us!

We want to save this material and share it on the internet so everyone has a better understanding of what the war meant to ordinary families in Wantage and Oxfordshire.

Bring your items to our WW1 roadshow at The Beacon, Wantage, on Sunday, October 26, 10am – 4pm. Experts will be on hand to digitise your material and add your details to the online archive Europeana 1914-1918. Project staff will also be available to record your oral stories.

The Europeana 1914-18 archive will provide some answers, preserve generations of stories and bring people closer to those who witnessed the war at first hand.

To find out more, check out the website
or call 01235 771447 to book your slot.

Sunday, October 26. The Beacon, Wantage. 10am – 4pm. Free admission.

New Virtual Exhibition: “To My Peoples!”

Together with the Austrian National Library and Google Cultural Institute we created a new virtual exhibition to commemorate the First World War. Based on the physical exhibition curated by renowned historian Univ.-Prof. Dr. Manfried Rauchensteiner, aspects of the First World War’s history are presented in seven chapters and illustrated by material accessible through Europeana.

The exhibition guides you through the Emperor’s manifestos, from announcements for mobilisation, to administering shortages, to dealing with prisoners of war and refugees. It focuses on the role of Emperor Franz Joseph and his successor and grandnephew Karl. The big influence of the First World War on children is presented in remarkable drawings and letters by students in the chapter “My dear Pupils”. The exhibitions ends with a selection of photographs from the front, the hinterland and life in the field.

All items in this virtual exhibition are on Europeana 1914 – 1918, where we collect World War One related materials from Cultural Institutions and stories from the public such as unpublished letters, photographs and keepsakes from the war are being collected and digitised.

Digitisation nowadays plays a vital role in discovering interesting artefacts to illustrate history and to enable transnational perspectives on historic events. Hans Petschar, Historian and Librarian at the Austrian National Library: “Europeana 1914-1918 permits to overcome National stereotypes and nationalist historical views on the First World War dominating the Centenary events 2014. Looking at the fascinating individual memories from all regions and parts of Europe we can imagine the scientific potential of transnational and global views on the Great War.”

For the first time we have created a virtual exhibition together with Google Cultural Institute. Simon Rein, Programme Manager at Google: "We're very excited about our partnership with Europeana, and especially delighted that through our cooperation, the Austrian National Library was able to create a fascinating online exhibit on First World War memorabilia during this centenary year. This launch is what the Google Cultural Institute is about - providing tools and services that enable our partners to tell important stories and share diverse perspectives on the cultural and historic events that have shaped our world. We look forward to continuing this important work with our partners."

Visit Google Cultural Institute to explore the exhibition

All items are from the Austrian National Library.

Read more on the Austrian National Library's Research and Development Department blog.

Image credits:

An Meine Volker: Announcement, “To My Peoples”, November 1916 (Nov 21, 1916) - Public Domain. ONB

Arm:“Spitzy's radialis splint” (1914 - 1918) - Public Domain. ONB

Zeppelin letter: School essay, “How I attacked London by night in my Zeppelin”1915. Rights Reseverd, ONB

Mitburger: Announcement, “Fellow citizens”Dec 2, 1914 - Public Domain. ONB

Soldiers: Midday in the trench (Jun 25, 1916) - Public Domain. ONB

Zeppelin drawing: School essay, “How I attacked London by night in my Zeppelin”1915. Rights Reseverd, ONB

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Upcoming Events

Read our press release on the launch of Europeana 1914-1918

Here's where our family history roadshows are being held next:


Friday 24 October 2014 - 11.00 tot 17.00
Royal Library of Belgium, Keizerslaan, 4, B-1000 Brussels
For more information [in French or Dutch]


Croatian State Archive, 3-4 October, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Trg Marka Marulića 21, 10000 Zagreb
For more information, go to
View location on Google maps

Public Library "Fran Galovic" Koprivnica, 10 October from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.and 11 October from 10 a.m. untill 1 p.m.
Zrinski trg 6, 48000 Koprivnica
For more information, go to
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State Archive Osijek, 10-11 October 2014, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Museum of Slavonia Osijek, Trg Sv. Trojstva 2, 31000 Osijek
For more information, visit
View location on Google maps

Rijeka City Library, Public Reading Room, 12-13 December 2014 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Korzo 24, HR-51000 Rijeka
For more information, visit
View location on Google maps

The State Archives in Dubrovnik 19-20 December 2014 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Address1: Sv. Dominika 1, 20000 Dubrovnik
Address 2: Archive Collective Center Korčula-Lastovo, Kampuš (Mratinje), 20275 Žrnovo, O. Korčula
View location on Google maps


Assembly of the Republic (Assembleia da República), São Bento Palace, Lisbon, Friday 17, Saturday 16 & Sunday 19 October, 10 a.m. - 16 p.m.
For more information, go to
View location on Google maps

United Kingdom

Wantage, October 26th, 10am - 5pm
The Beacon, Wantage, Portway, Oxfordshire, OX12 9BX UK
More information

The Netherlands

Friday 10 October 2014 - 11.00 tot 17.00
Tresoar - Boterhoek 1, 8911 DH Leeuwarden
About Tresoar [in Dutch]

Friday 10 October 2014 - 10:00 tot 17:00
Huis van de Stad, Burgemeester Jamesplein 1, 2803 PG Gouda
Organised by Streekarchief Midden-Holland [in Dutch]
About Streekarchief Midden-Holland

Friday 24 October 2014 - 10.00 tot 21.00
Archief Eemland - Eemplein 73 (Het Eemhuis, 3rd floor) 3812 EA Amersfoort
About Archief Eemland [in Dutch]


Please check out this website regularly for more information and updates.

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