Exploring local stories
Looking at how the First World War affected your local area can uncover fascinating stories. These projects show how you can involve your community in exploring the topics they’re interested in – from hospitals, memorials and troops from Britain and overseas, to local campaigners, nurses and conscientious objectors.
Some stories from the First World War are better known than others. The Centenary is a chance to uncover lesser-known aspects of the war and deepen our understanding of the conflict.
Many of the organisations we know today played a role in the First World War, or were set up as a result. Here are some projects which enabled charities to re-engage with their pasts.
- Queen Alexandra Hospital Home – Our Legacy to our Country
- James Dixon’s Boys
- VAD indexes online: personnel records of First World War volunteers
Read more about similar projects in this blog about voluntary action in the First World War.
Museums and archives often hold the key to parts of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Here are some examples:
Inspire people to engage in your project in a range of ways. Here are some projects which have explored the First World War through drama, poetry, film and visual art.
Involving young people
Here are just a few of the many projects which have enabled young people to dig beneath the surface of the First World War, and make links to our lives today.