The Army Children Archive (TACA)

The Army Children Archive (TACA)
England

Website

www.archhistory.co.uk

E-mail

claregibson@f2s.com

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A virtual, not-for-profit archive in the form of a website that chronicles the history of British army children from the seventeenth century to date.

It aims to collect, record and preserve relevant information and also to raise awareness of the unique aspects of growing up as the child of a serving soldier in the British Army. The Army Children Archive (TACA) encourages the sharing of information and contributions.

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First World War postcard showing a child writing to his soldier father

‘The Army Children of the First World War: a Sentimental View’

Part of 'The Army Children of the First World War' project, ‘The Army Children of the First World War: a Sentimental View’ (http://bit.ly/ACFWWSentimental) displays a selection of First World War-era sentimental postcards and ephemera featuring army children, and children generally. Many of these images were intended to tug at the heartstrings; others, to arouse patriotic feelings; another category reflects, through the prism of childhood, national preoccupations during the Great War. The initial ten images will be augmented weekly.

First World War soldier's family of five from Liverpool

‘The Army Children of the First World War: Faces and Families’

Part of 'The Army Children of the First World War' project, ‘The Army Children of the First World War: Faces and Families’ (http://bit.ly/ACFWWFaces) consists of a set of photographic portraits of army children and their families photographed between 1914 and 1918. Ten images have initially been posted, after which further images will be added weekly. Any known information about the faces and families pictured, or any clues offered by the photographs themselves, accompany the images. Viewers are invited to fill any information gaps and, if possible, to identify these forgotten faces.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
First World War Bermondsey girl photographed with soldier's kit

‘The Army Children of the First World War’ project

http://bit.ly/ArmyChildrenFWW

During the First World War, an enormous number of British children became ‘temporary’ army children when their civilian fathers joined the British Army as volunteers or conscripts. A significant proportion of British families today will count such children among their ancestors, but may not appreciate fully how having a soldier–father affected the lives – psychologically, as well as practically – of their antecedents.

The Army Children Archive (TACA) collects, preserves and shares online information about the history of British army children and the challenges and peculiarities of growing up as the child of a regular soldier in the British Army, from the seventeenth century to today. Because the wartime experiences of the children of volunteer and conscript soldiers essentially mirrored those of the children of regular soldiers from 1914 to 1918, TACA is in a unique position to provide a deeper understanding of what they went through. Drawing on the wealth of material that it has gathered, TACA additionally encourages consideration of the many ways in which the war affected these young non-combatants.

TACA highlights the plight of the army children of the First World War primarily visually, using two online galleries of images accessed via Flickr, as follows.
1) ‘The Army Children of the First World War: Faces and Families’ consists of a set of photographic portraits of army children and their families photographed between 1914 and 1918. Ten images have initially been posted, after which further images will be added weekly. Any known information about the faces and families pictured, or any clues offered by the photographs themselves, accompany the images. Viewers are invited to fill any information gaps and, if possible, to identify these forgotten faces.
2) ‘The Army Children of the First World War: a Sentimental View’ displays a selection of First World War-era sentimental postcards and ephemera featuring army children, and children generally. Many of these images were intended to tug at the heartstrings; others, to arouse patriotic feelings; another category reflects, through the prism of childhood, national preoccupations during the Great War. The initial ten images will similarly be augmented weekly.

Regular updates on the progress of the ‘The Army Children of the First World War’ project will be posted on the ‘TACA drum’ blog.

‘The Army Children of the First World War’ project has been established by TACA as part of the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by IWM (Imperial War Museums). The First World War Centenary Partnership is delivering a global programme of events and activities inspiring young and old to connect with the lives, stories and impact of the First World War.

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