About the project

The British Library is leading the UK’s contribution to a pan-European commemoration of World War One, Europeana 1914-1918. The project, which has made hundreds of thousands of newly digitised material relating to stories and events of the war available online for free, received funding from the European Union’s ICT Policy Support Programme as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework. 10,000 items from the British Library’s World War One collections are accessible via Europeana 1914-1918, along with documents, films, and family mementos relating to the war from partner institutions across Europe.

The British Library’s World War One website offers curated access to nearly 500 of these items, for schools and lifelong learners. Collection items are complemented by newly commissioned articles from leading experts, short films and interviews with academics and authors, and a dedicated teachers’ area. The website provides a starting point for delving into the hundreds of thousands of items available through Europeana 1914-1918.

The British Library has worked in collaboration with 11 partner institutions from seven European countries. These partners are:

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma “Vittorio Emanuele II”, Italy
Bibliothèque nationale de France, France
Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire de Strasbourg, France
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Germany
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, Italy
Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique – Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België, Belgium
Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Denmark
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Austria
Narodna biblioteka Srbije, Serbia
Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle biblioteche italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche, Italy
CLIO-Online, Germany

Special thanks are due to our external advisor, Professor David Stevenson, for his invaluable contribution to the website. 


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