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New website launched that brings Europe’s First World War collections together

Posted  31 January 2014 in News  
By Kate Clements

Europeana 1914-1918 has launched in Berlin, featuring 10,000 items from the British Library’s collections.

Europeana 1914-1918 is a pan-European collection of original First World War source material. It is the result of three years of work by 20 European countries and will include:

– 400,000 rare documents digitised by 10 state libraries in Europe

– 660 hours of unique film material digitised by audiovisual archives

– the personal papers and memorabilia of some 8,000 people involved in the war, held by their families and digitised at special events in 12 countries

The British Library is leading the UK’s contribution to the site, and has contributed 10,000 items from its own First World War collections to the site. These include trench journals from foreign troops, iconic war poetry, London schoolchildren’s accounts of Zeppelin raids and more.

Europeana 1914-1918 is full of original source material – digitised photographs, maps, diaries, newspapers, letters, drawings and other content that can be used by teachers, historians, journalists, students and interest groups to create new resources.

Visit the Europeana 1914-1918 site to find out more.

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