First World War

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Europeana project aims to save more forgotten First World War family histories

Do you have First World War family heirlooms and mementos? The British Library and Europeana 1914-1918 are calling on people in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and beyond to share their stories for a unique online archive.

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English Heritage appeals to public to tag vast collection of First World War aerial photos

First World War Centenary planners and English Heritage are asking the public to share their knowledge of some of the sites shown in Britain from Above's collection of 95,000 photos.

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COMPETITION: Win a copy of Andrew Robertshaw's Somme 1916, Battle Story

We have three copies of Andrew Robertshaw's new account of the Battle of the Somme to give away to Culture24 readers.

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Curator's Choice: An undercoat worn by a First World War soldier at Brighton Museum

Left on a grandmother's sideboard for years, a coat at Brighton Museum's new War Stories display is part of the story of two brothers who died on the Somme a century ago.

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Every object tells a story: Imperial War Museum's new atrium promises new creative displays

More than 400 objects will go on display in the Imperial War Museum's new central atrium, including dozens never been seen before, when it re-opens on July 19.

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Curator's Choice: Legendary goalkeeper Robert 'Pom Pom' Whiting's World War I story

Historian Tim Carder tells us the tragic tale of Bob Whiting, whose life is part of the new War Stories: Voices from the First World War exhibition at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

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First World War training trenches in Britain are widespread, says university professor

Aerial photographic evidence of trench training systems from the First World War is widespread across the UK, says a professor at Huddersfield University.

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Mid Devon at War: Tiverton Museum recalls the home front in the First World War

Tiverton Museum is paying tribute to the men and women of the Mid Devon home front with a new exhibition exploring how the First World War affected the bucolic county.

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Statue of Unknown Soldier receives over 4,000 letters in First World War Centenary project

A new website is inviting writers and members of the public to write letters to the Unknown Soldier in Paddington Station in commemoration of the First World War.

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Franz Ferdinand's assassination: Centenary events and the story of the Archduke

One hundred years ago the "spark" that ignited the First World War happened in Sarajevo. Find out more and follow the commemorative events here.

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First World War photographic competition aims to capture UK stone memorials

Entries are now open for the 2014 MAB Annual Photography Competition, which this year commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

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Imperial War Museum London re-launches in July with two new art exhibitions

When IWM London reveals its much anticipated new Atrium and galleries on July 19 for the Centenary of the First World War, its art collection will also be showcased with two new exhibitions.

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Sharp-shooting and the recklessness of youth: The story of the RAF Museum's Sopwith Camel

As it rolls into a space which will play host to a major World War I exhibition at the end of the year, find out some of the stories behind the highest-scoring plane of the conflict.

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Soldier diaries and audience mapping in new National Army Museum First World War website

Visitors will be able to geotag the events of the First World War to find out precisely where they took place as part of a National Army Museum website launched today.

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Theo Walcott and Prince William back Football Remembers tribute to World War I truce

The famous story which began with a British soldier's kick, launching a football into no man's land on Christmas Day 1914, is to be remembered with a line-up of activities.

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Jerwood Gallery reunites twin Alfred Wolmark portraits of First World War soldier

Two portraits by Alfred Wolmark thought to be of the same man killed during the First World War have been reunited after a chance encounter at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings.

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La Grande Guerre: French prints of the First World War at the Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam is showing a series of 36 colour lithographs and woodcuts from the French print series La Grande Guerre.

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Ballet at the National Portrait Gallery as Late Shift marks First World War centenary

David Jones' beautiful and complex epic poem about the First World War provided the inspiration for a night of poignant expression at the NPG for Museums at Night.

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English National Ballet commemorate First World War in Manchester and London

Imperial War Museum North and the National Portrait Gallery are the settings for two powerful new ballet performances marking the First World War during Museums at Night.

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Imperial War Museum launches "extraordinary" Lives of the First World War memorial

The Imperial War Museum has launched its ambitious Lives of the First World War website in a permanent digital memorial to more than eight million men and women.

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