Lives of the First World War

To mark the First World War Centenary, IWM is creating Lives of the First World War.

This innovative, interactive platform will bring material from museums, libraries, archives and family collections from across the world together in one place, inspiring people of all ages to explore, reveal and share the life stories of those who served in uniform and worked on the home front.

Since its foundation in 1917, IWM has continued to ensure that people understand the impact of this global conflict and how it shaped the world we live in today. By the end of the centenary we will have built the permanent digital memorial to more than 8 million men and women from across Britain and the Commonwealth and saved their stories for future generations.

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Centenary Partnership

Find out about the international programme to mark the centenary of the First World War.

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Brush up on your History

From soldiers’ favourite slang words to stunning aerial artwork, learn some surprising facts about the First World War.

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