Europeana’s unique approach to the collection of material about the First World War allows library national collections to sit beside personal stories, treasures and important film archives. The collection creates a unique way of learning about the First World War, with perspectives from every side of the battle lines and insights from every point of view. Since its initiation in 2011, the Europeana project has gathered over 10,000 stories and over 130,000 items of historical interest from its public users.
The result is a vast archive of primary sources, in the form of photographs, films, documents, letters, postcards and diaries, that can be used for teaching purposes or for researching local or family history. Visitors are welcome to add their own stories to Europeana 1914-1918 by using the online collection form or by visiting an upcoming collection day.