first world war

  • Audio contentChesham War Memorial, Buckinghamshire

    Putting it all together: using archives to discover your community’s involvement in the First World War

    The names of the First World War dead are there for all to see, on war memorials all over the country. Many individuals and groups are researching the stories behind the names, but what about delving even deeper? There is […]

  • Audio contentHMSO, Underwood Street, interior of office, 1916-1917 (catalogue reference STAT 20/391)

    The civil service in the First World War

    The First World War affected every sector of society, as the nation’s resources were harnessed for the war effort. Like other employers, the civil service lost staff to the armed forces and had to replace them while they were away. […]

  • Video contentFirst World War soldiers shaving

    Soldiers shaving in Belgium

    Each month the Education team highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries or key topics that you may be covering in the classroom. To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, The National Archives […]

  • Audio contentWar Diary page 11th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, March 1918 (catalogue reference

    Webinar: Tracing British battalions or regiments during the First World War

    Unit war diaries, trench maps and photographs are just some of the sources held in The National Archives. This webinar looks at how to find these records and how to use them. David Langrish graduated in War Studies from the […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    War and Peace conference: Closing remarks: the First World War and intelligence

    Closing remarks by Gill Bennett, former Chief Historian, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1995-2005. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First World War, held on 28 June 2014 at The […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    Peacetime diplomacy and the New European Order

    Professor Alan Sharp, of the University of Ulster, examines diplomacy after the Paris Peace Conference. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First World War, held on 28 June 2014 […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    Lines in the sand

    Dr Juliette Desplat, of The National Archives, gives an overview of the consequences of the First World War for the Middle East. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    The road to war: The prelude to war

    Dr Stephen Twigge, of The National Archives, outlines the political landscape preceding the First World War – the July Crisis. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First World War, […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    Wartime diplomacy: Getting global: American involvement

    Dr Richard Dunley, of The National Archives, discusses American involvement in the First World War, particularly the three-way dynamic of British-American-German relationships. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    The road to war: At home and abroad: propaganda and intelligence

    Dr Martin Farr, of Newcastle University, discusses propaganda and intelligence in the lead up to the First World War. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First World War, held […]

  • Audio contentCentenary of the start of the First World War

    Wartime diplomacy: The role of the Empire

    Dr Bryan Glass, of Texas State University, examines the role of the Empire during the First World War. This talk was recorded live at the one-day conference, War and peace – diplomacy, espionage and the First World War, held on […]

  • Audio contentThe Remembrance Image Project (c. Simon Gregor used by kind permission)

    The Remembrance Image Project

    Simon Gregor talks about some of the images he has taken in the research phase of the Remembrance Image Project and the stories behind them, as well as sharing some of the ways in which primary source materials at The […]

  • Audio contentRiver Tigris abover Amara (by kind permission of Jenny Lewis)

    Finding my father in Mesopotamia

    Jenny Lewis’s father fought as a young man in the First World War campaign in Mesopotamia – modern day Iraq, Iran and Syria. He joined the South Wales Borderers in 1915 and served in Mesopotamia until 1917 when he was […]

  • Audio contentTroops travelling to Manchester for review by Lord Kitchener

    Digitising MH 47 the Middlesex military service appeal tribunal

    On the introduction of conscription in 1916, Military Service Tribunals were set up to hear applications and appeals for exemption. Surviving material is fragmented but two complete sets of tribunal papers were retained, including those for the Middlesex Appeal Tribunal. […]

  • Video contentBlack nurse and baby

    Black in the British Frame

    Stephen Bourne shares his memories of growing up in Peckham and of his adopted Aunt Esther, a black Londoner born before the First World War and the subject of his first book. And he talks about how, from an educationally […]

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