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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– 1918, where we collect World War One related materials from Cultural Institutions and stories from the public such as unpublished letters, photographs and keepsakes from the war are being collected and digitised.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:


Saturday 15 November 2014 - 10am to 2pm
Flora Anderson Hall, Somerville College, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HD United Kingdom
More information

Cross-border German-Polish collection days:


Friday 14 November 2014, 10:00-18:00
Schlesisches Museum zu Görlitz, Brüderstraße 8, D-02826 Görlitz
View location on Google maps

Thursday 20.11.2014, 10:00-18:00
Pommersches Landesmuseum, Rakower Straße 9, D-17489 Greifswald
View location on Google maps


Sunday 16.11.2014, 10:00-18:00
Muzeum Slaska Opolskiego, Main building, entrance ul. Muzealna, PL 45-023 Opole
View location on Google maps

Saturday 22.11.2014, 10:00-18:00
Muzeum Narodowe w Szczecinie, Main building, ul. Wały Chrobrego 3, PL 70-500 Szczecin
View location on Google maps

The Netherlands

The Hague
Saturday 15 November 2014 - 11am to 16pm
Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ The Hague
About Peace Palace


Friday 5 and Saturday 6 December 2014 - 11.00 tot 17.00
Royal Library of Belgium, Keizerslaan, 4, B-1000 Brussels
For more information [in French or Dutch]


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


Belgrade City Library, Knez Mihailova 56, Belgrade
Friday 5 December 2014 from 10am to 18pm
Saturday 6 December 2014 from 10am to 15pm
For more information go to Belgrade City Library website or call at 011 2024 026

Public Library "Vladislav Petkovic Dis", Zupan Stratimira 1, Çaçak
Friday 12 December 2014 from 9am to 18pm
For more information go to Public Library "Vladislav Petkovic Dis website or call at 032 222 098

Novi Sad
City Library in Novi Sad, Republic Square 2, Novi Sad
Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 December 2014 from 9am to 5pm
For more information call at 021 6364 838


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

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