The Imperial War Museum and Brightsolid have teamed up together in the making of a new digital archive that will allow people to access stories, photos and information about the 8 million who served during the First World War. ‘Lives of the First World War’ will pay tribute to those who served in uniform, and those who served on the Home Front.
‘Lives of the First World War’ is being established to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the first World War in 1914. The Imperial War Museum will be collecting records from museums, libraries, archives and family collections, and are asking the public to donate any archives or documents they may have.
Diane Lee, Director General of the Imperial War Museum, remarked that the website will allow future generations to ‘understand the causes and consequences of the war, and to remember men and women who played their role’. 16 million people died in the war, and it is hoped that this new digital archive will allow generations of all ages to remember those who so bravely fought for this country.
‘Lives of the First World War’ is expected to go live in the beginning of 2013, and the donations of stories, photos and memories from the public are crucial. ‘Lives of the First World War’ has been publicly supported by the National Archives, and The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
‘Lives of the First World War’ is a fantastic and modern way in which those who fought for their country can be remembered in the turn of the one hundredth year anniversary. The website will allow younger generations to gain a better understanding of the war. There are many people who will find that they are distantly related to someone who fought in the battle and risked their lives, so it appears that ‘Lives of the First World War’ is an excellent route towards the tracking of family histories, and gives a realistic insight to the war.