First world war

  • 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 […]

  • Video contentMob Besieges Pacifists, First World War

    Mob besieges pacifists during the First World War

    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. With the centenery of the outbreak of the First World War, we’ve chosen this footage […]

  • 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

    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

    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

    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 […]

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    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. […]

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    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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    Britain’s air forces in the First World War

    This talk covers the record sources for those who served in the air forces, their formations and machines. It also explores a case study of a famous airman to illustrate some of the inventions and developments that led to final […]

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    The Final Whistle: the Great War in 15 players – a London rugby club at war 1914-1918

    A missing war memorial first inspired a quest to discover club members who fell in the Great War. 85 names have now been identified. Some remarkable stories paint a miniature portrait of the whole war – every service, arm, theatre […]

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    Tracing battalions or regiments of the British Army during the Great War

    This podcast gives you an introduction to the various records at The National Archives that can be used to trace the experiences of individual battalions or regiments during The Great War. These include unit war diaries, trench maps, Prisoner of […]

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