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BBC launches free interactive First World War Ebook

Posted  30 October 2015 in News  
By Kate Clements
Recruits of the 'Grimsby Chums' , later the 10th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, during rifle training, September 1914. © IWM (Q 53286)

Hundreds of stories about the British Home Front during the First World War have been compiled into a free, interactive Ebook by the BBC, available from Friday 30 October 2015.

The ‘World War One at Home’ interactive Ebook uses original journalism, digital technology and archival film, sound, images and documents from Imperial War Museums (IWM) to reflect the lives of people caught up in the conflict, and the many communities from which they came.

Building on the success of the World War One at Home campaign, which ran in partnership with IWM across all 39 of the BBC’s local radio stations in 2014, the WW1 At Home interactive Ebook compiles the very best features made by local BBC journalists who worked closely with IWM and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), as well as many museums and individuals around the country.

The Ebook includes films, such as the young men from the Grimsby Chums as they prepared for the battlefield, archive audio from “eyewitnesses” including Manchester war widow Kitty Eckersley, and among the many photographs, the tale of Lizzie the elephant who toiled for the war effort on the streets of Sheffield.

Nigel Steel, Principal Historian First World War Centenary Programme Imperial War Museum adds:

“Working with the BBC, IWM has been able to draw from its archive stories of people and places from across the breadth of Britain. Hundreds of lives have been renewed in their telling, and, collected in this Ebook they will continue to offer up fragments of distant memories to keep alive the essence of those who lived through the challenging years of World War One.”

Download this free interactive Ebook – compatible for use on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire tablets – and discover more about the home front of Britain and Ireland.

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