This year, as part of our First World War 100 commemorations, we’ve been focusing on the Home Front – the experiences of the civilian population living in Britain’s towns, cities and villages, whose lives were greatly affected by the war.
We have one of the richest collections of First World War records in the world. The chief aim of our First World War 100 commemorations is to publicise and offer new insights into our records to encourage everybody to engage with them – whether that is through researching an ancestor’s military career, or studying the conditions of female workers in munitions factories.
In order to do this, we have digitised records, catalogued thousands of individuals’ records and hosted events including webinars and a contemporary art exhibition. And we’ve also built a fictional town: Great Wharton. Continue reading »