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Lest We Forget – Keep Their Stories Alive WWI
Digital Archive Project 2018
2018 will mark the centennial anniversary of the end of WWI. Few families in Britain were unaffected by the conflict and in thousands of attics across the country there are photographs, diaries, letters and mementos that tell the story of a generation at war. In 2018, we want to preserve any story about the people whose lives were in any way affected by the Great War and events surrounding it. In collaboration with Oxford University, we aim to launch a national programme to digitally capture, safeguard and share these important personal items and reminiscences from the men and women of 1914-1918.
On a daily basis these stories and objects are being lost to the nation, and the memory of the sacrifice of that generation consigned to oblivion. The men, women and children of 1914-1918 deserve better and their stories must be preserved for future generations – lest we forget. ‘Lest We Forget – Keep Their Stories Alive’ is about supporting local communities to run their own digitization days, in order to capture objects and memories held locally.
We would like to offer the UK based members of the Federation of Family History Societies the unique opportunity to engage their local community, to run their own digital collection days, recording and saving objects and stories of the generation who lived through WWI. This would take the form of training members(s) from participating branches to become a ‘Digital Champion’ either face to face or remotely. The ‘Digital Champion’ would then facilitate a ‘WWI Digital Archive Day’ in their community supported by a team of volunteers who could be other branch members. Training will consist of a one day workshop, with locations across the UK. Those who would prefer the remote training option would register for a free resource kit and watch a supporting online YouTube video.
The resource kit would include all the information and marketing materials required to facilitate a ‘WWI Digital Archive Day’. In November 2018, every item collected will then be published through a free-to-use online database for schools, scholars and the wider public.
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The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF) is an independent charity registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales (charity number 1171947)
Expression of interest: If you would like to find out more about becoming a Digital Champion and how to run your own ‘WWI Digital Archive Day’ please contact: Annalisa Solla Public Engagement Projects Manager Commonwealth War Graves Commission Annalisa.email@example.com Tel. 01628 507147