FAQs for Researchers
Can I download the data for my own research?

Yes, there is an option to do a CSV Export of Search results. The use of the database is subject to the terms of the IWM Non-Commercial Licence

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Can I contribute information or images to Lives of the First World War?

We are no longer accepting changes or additions to Life Stories and Communities, but all the data that was gathered during the centenary period is fully searchable and will be preserved.

Can I view original records, such as census returns and military documents?

Whilst IWM does not host digitised records on the permanent digital memorial, you will be able to see the evidence trail for Facts that were added to Lives of the First World War. IWM is not responsible for the content of external websites. Please note that some sources will require payment to view.

How can I trace my own family history?

Please visit this page for further guidance.