Accessing Archives: First World War Community Research

7 September 2018 | Bethany Reynard

Are you involved in a First World War community research project? Are you interested in finding out more about the huge variety of historical records that are available to researchers?

THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR (Q 27719) Women’s work section at the Royal Academy of Arts, which hosted an exhibition by the Imperial War Museum. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source:

Join Gateways to the First World War for a free event at the Institute of Historical Research bringing together archives professionals and researchers to share advice on using national, local and online collections to discover more about the First World War. Gather hints and tips on accessing archive material and learn about some of the fascinating records that have survived and can be used to deepen our understanding of wartime lives on 21st September.

The event is aimed at members of community project groups but anyone with an interest in First World War research is welcome.

10:30 – 11:00: Registration and welcome from Dr Helen Brooks (University of Kent)

11:00 – 11:45: Dr George Hay – The National Archives

11:45 – 12:30: Sarah Paterson – Imperial War Museums

12:30 – 13:15: Lunch

13:15 – 14:00: Prof. Mark Connelly – Newspapers

14:00 – 14:45: Dr Chris Kempshall – Local archives

14:45 – 15:00: Tea break

15:00 – 15:15: Heather Needham – Their Name Liveth For Evermore: accessing regimental archives

15:15 – 16:00: Q&A panel with all speakers

Gateways to the First World War have a small budget to assist with travel expenses for members of community project groups attending this event. If you have any questions about the event please contact Zoë Denness at Book tickets here.