Research and University Links

First World War

Comprehensive information covering battles, personnel, weaponry and war in the air through use of essays and primary sources with multimedia features such as photographs, audio, video, maps and narratives.


The World War I Document Archive

Primary documents, such as official papers and memoirs assembled by volunteers with an international focus. Also features an image archive.


The Long, Long Trail

Very detailed website with information about where specific battalions and regiments were stationed, along with advice on how to trace ancestors who served in the military.


CWGC Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Their searchable database holds details of burials and information on cemeteries and memorials to all those who served during the First and Second World War.


The National Archives

Their First World War online exhibition website with links to the records they hold, unit war diaries, online collections and other resources.


 The Great War

Interactive guide to battlefields on the Western Front and the history of WWI, along with a timeline. Also contains a research guide, details of museums and archives and advice on tracing military ancestors.


Scarlet finders (British Military Nurses)

Blog containing a range of information about military nurses during the First World War, including war diaries and a link to military nurses on Find My Past.


RAMC in the Great War

Commemorating those who served in the Royal Army Medical Corps at home, on ambulance trains, hospitals ships, casualty clearing stations, field hospitals and in other units.


BBC History

Links to BBC programmes as well as articles, interactive guides, picture galleries, schools resources and other features. There is also a link to the World War One at Home website, created in partnership with the Imperial War Museums and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.


Great War Forum

Connected to the Long, Long Trail website, this forums has posts on a range of topics: soldiers, uniforms, battles etc. incredibly useful for research.


Canada and the First World War

Using collections from Library and Archives Canada to show the roles played by men and women during the war.


Discovering Anzacs

Government records from National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand, with personal stories enhanced by contributions by the public. Also features an interactive map, timeline and a gallery.


Europeana 1914-1918

Inspired by the success of Oxford University’s The Great War Archive, Europeana started a digital collection of stories and histories from libraries, archives and museums across Europe, inviting contributions from the public.




University of Leeds – Legacies of War

Run by staff with different research interests, coordinating events and activities at the university and with cultural partners to look at the historical, cultural and social legacies. The research and activities will be structured around five strands: Yorkshire and the Great War, Culture and the Arts, Science and Technology, War and Medicine and War and Resistance. Special Collections in the University Library houses the Liddle Collection, an archive of the First World War which includes items such as original letters and diaries, photographs, as well as written and tape-recorded recollections.


Oxford University – The First World War Poetry Digital Archive and The Great War Archive

Collections of works from writers of the period supplemented by multimedia from the Imperial War Museum. Additionally ‘The Great War Archive’ section contains items from the public submitted in 2008.


University of Huddersfield – University of Huddersfield and the First World War

Series of articles written by staff and students, along with an interactive timeline showing how the university and community were affected.


University of Manchester – World War I Centenary

A dedicated website looking at the impact the war had on the staff, students and research at the University. Special Collections in John Rylands Library also holds material relating to WWI


Birmingham University – Centre for War Studies

Within the Department of History, the centre published books and articles and is involved in a number of individual and collaborative research projects. The Cadbury Research Library and Special Collections also has material relating to WWI


University of Wolverhampton – First World War Research Group

New area of research for the university with a dedicated group, study days are planned.


University of Nottingham – Centre for Hidden Histories

New initiative aiming to pair local communities with academics on commemorative events and projects. Special Collections have also curated a WWI exhibition and talks.


University of Chester – Faculty of Health and Social Care Historical Society

Society for those with an interest in medicine and health care. Recent theme on WWI saw talks and events taking place, some of these are available in the Society’s online archive. The History Department has links with the Military Museum at Chester Castle where a number of Regimental archives have been deposited.



all links active at January 2015

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