National Gallery of Canada and Imperial War Museums Ask You to Share Online Family Photos of World War 1Tue September 9, 2014
- “To mark the First World War Centenary, IWM is creating Lives of the First World War.
- This innovative, interactive platform will inspire people across the world to explore, research and share the life stories of those who served in uniform and worked on the home front.
- By the end of the centenary this will build into a permanent digital memorial to more than 8 million men and women from across Britain and the Commonwealth, saving their stories for future generations.”
- Tell the “story of the global conflict that shaped the world we live in today.”
- Create a record of the toil and sacrifice of those who had served in uniform or worked on the home front.
- It would be so complete that every individual, man or woman, soldier, sailor, airman and civilian from across Britain and the Commonwealth would find a record of their contribution.
- Build the permanent digital memorial to the Lives of the First World War.
- Piece together more than 8 million life stories, share them, and enable IWM to save them for future generations.
- Link together evidence relating to the same person, using records from museums, libraries and archives across the world.
- Many of these have been brought together in one place for the first time by Lives of the First World War.
- Add references to sources you have discovered elsewhere.
- Upload digital images of your own precious family mementoes.
- Include family stories and personal knowledge.
- Group together individuals you are interested in by creating your own Community page.
“As more and more people connect facts to Life Stories, we can begin to piece together each individual’s life story.”
Over the course of the next five years, Lives of the First World War, delivered in partnership with DC Thomson Family History, will become the permanent digital memorial to over 8 million men and women. IWM is urging everyone to discover their First World War connections and remember and share these with the rest of the world online at www.livesofthefirstworldwar.org.
However, many of those on Lives of the First World War are currently only names. We need the public to help identify them, piece together their stories and remember each and every one of them.
Over the coming months, millions of additional new records will be added to Lives of the First World War – from the Royal Flying Corp/Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy, the Canadian Expeditionary Force, the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Forces along with the records of almost 17,000 conscientious objectors. IWM is also seeking to include the Indian Army, Home Front workers and all others who made a contribution from across the British Empire.
Lives of the First World War will continue to evolve over the First World War Centenary and new functionality will be added so that people can easily share and discuss who they are remembering online.
Today, IWM is asking people everywhere ‘who will you remember?’
The following video presents The Great War: The Persuasive Power of Photography: