Europeana 1914-1918 brings together resources from three major European projects each dealing with different types of First World War material. The result is an archive that allows the national collections of libraries to sit beside personal stories and treasures and important film archives. Together, this creates a unique perspective of the First World War, showing it from every side of the battle lines and with insights from every point of view. Over time, even more material will be added to this archive so please keep coming back!
Stories from the public: In collaboration with the University of Oxford, Facts & Files and many other partners across Europe, Europeana 1914-1918 is collecting the public's previously unpublished letters, photographs and keepsakes from the war to be digitised and shared online. As of the end of 2013, a dozen countries have taken part, digitising over 60,000 items. Find out more about the project here
National collections: The Europeana Collections 1914-1918 project has produced a substantial digital collection of over 400,000 pieces of material from national library collections in eight countries that found themselves on different sides of the historic conflict. Find out more about bringing national collections together.
Film archives: The European Film Gateway 1914 project gives us 650 hours of films and related material on the First World War including newsreels, documentaries, fiction films, propaganda and anti-war films. This material is especially important since only around 20% of the complete silent film production of the era has survived. Find out more about collecting film material.
On the Home page of this site you can see where our next family history roadshows will be. Please bring along your documents, artefacts and stories from the First World War so they can be scanned or photographed and added to the archive.
If you are interested in running your own event to digitise and add material to Europeana 1914-1918, we can offer help and advice on how to do that. You can also contact us via the email address 1914-1918 [@] europeana [.] eu
If you can't make it to a roadshow, you can still share your stories and material by uploading your items directly to the website. Go to our 'Contribute' page and follow the instructions there.
Use the material
All of the Europeana 1914-1918 material is available for re-use. Developers are invited to make use of this for their own projects via the Europeana API. If you wish to re-use the materials of the Digital Library of America, Trove or DigitalNZ, please visit their websites for information.
Our partners at the British Library have developed an English-language website dedicated to teachers planning First World War educational programmes.