The memory of the First World War, its events and consequences, its victims and victors, remains very much alive today. It has become part of the individual and collective memory of Europe and of countries across the world – the stories of soldiers and their families continue to be told and published from generation to generation. To mark the centenary of its outbreak in 2014, a consortium of national libraries and other partners from eight European countries that found themselves on different sides of the historic conflict will make an unparalleled collection of more than 400,000 digitised items relating to the First World War freely available to the public for the first time through the Europeana online portal.
As part of the Europeana Collections 1914-1918 project, the consortium members will be adding a new blog post every month that looks at some of the stories behind just a few of these 400,000 images. This month, the British Library share video from a recent reception to share news of the project’s work …
From the Europeana Collections 1914-1918 reception… by the team from the British Library
Last week the British Library hosted a reception to share news of the Europeana Collections 1914-1918 project with guests from museums, galleries, libraries, the arts, funding bodies, charities, and global diplomats.
The project will formally launch in January 2014, when several hundred thousand First World War collection items from our eight partner European countries will be visible in Europeana, as part of Europe’s primary commemorative resource for the Centenary. These items will be amplified by digitised material from great film collections of Europe, and by personal unpublished documents about the War still held by the families of participants that have been collected across 15 countries over the past few years.
We have released a short video showing highlights of the evening, including readings by Andrew Motion, Owen Sheers and Polly Harvey, and more video content—including the full readings—will soon be available on the project’s vimeo channel.