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Imperial War Museum digital Centenary project to shed light on 8 million First World War stories

Posted on centenarynews.com on 14 May 2013
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The Imperial War Museum, working with brightsolid, is developing an interactive digital platform, Lives of the First World War, which will tell the stories of 8 million men and women who "served in uniform and worked on the home front".

The project will bring "fascinating records from museums, libraries, archives and family collections across the globe together in one place" relating to British and Commonwealth subjects during the First World War.

Lives of the First World War hopes to shed new light on the lives of those who lived through, and served during the First World War, and will be "a significant digital legacy for future generations".

Director-General of the Imperial War Museum, Diane Lees, said of the project: "Now that the First World War is outside living memory, we are the voice of those veterans and the custodians of their stories – which we can now tell through Lives of the First World War. We will be encouraging people of all ages, in all communities to join us in this project to actively remember these men and women".

Brightsolid is the online publishing and technology arm of publishing group DC Thomson and will work in partnership with the Imperial War Museum to create Lives of the First World War.

The platform will go live in the summer of 2013 and is part of the Imperial War Museum's wider programme to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

To find out more about the project, visit the Imperial War Museum website here.

Source: Imperial War Museum press release

Date of press release publication: 14/05/2013

Images courtesy of the Imperial War Museum

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News