First World War

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National Archives piece together the records of 140,000 First World War officers

Nearly 140,000 surviving paper records of Officers who served in the First World War, including Rudyard Kipling's son Jack and future Prime Minister Clement Atlee, have been made available at the National Archives.

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Nelson Museum fights to restore WWI flag commemorating sinking of HMS Monmouth

The Nelson Museum in Monmouth is looking for help to fund the conservation of an important First World War artefact – a flag commemorating the sinking of HMS Monmouth in 1914.

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Liverpool Pals memorial to be unveiled at Liverpool Lime Street for First World War Centenary

The sacrifice of the Pals Battalions of Liverpool is to be marked with a new memorial at Liverpool Lime Street station designed by local sculptor Tom Murphy.

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Curator's Choice: Hannah Agass looks through the diary of World War I nurse Veronica Nisbet

Hannah Agass, of the Museum of the Order of St John, on the moving testimonial of a St John Ambulance nurse who volunteered to save soldiers' lives during the First World War.

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Royal Mint issues £20 coin in symbol of sadness honouring First World War troops

Depicting Britannia watching over troops leaving for France a century ago, sculptor John Bergahl's coin is on the second £20 coin to be created by The Royal Mint.

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National Museum Cardiff on the art of a First World War propaganda campaign

National Museum Cardiff reveals the entire series of 66 prints from the portfolio, The Great War: Britain’s Efforts and Ideals commissioned by the British government in 1917.

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Poignant archive of local men who fought in the First World War digitised by Manx Museum

Kept by the local vicar, the First World War archive of men from the local parish of Douglas has been digitised and published online by Manx Museum.

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Lights Out: Jeremy Deller and Bob and Roberta Smith help commemorate outbreak of First World War

Jeremy Deller will release four new films via an app, while Bob and Roberta, Bedwyr Williams and Nalini Malani will also create public artworks as part of the Lights Out campaign.

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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......

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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: 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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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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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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Grief, grit and humour: British Library marks centenary of the First World War

The British Library is using its collection of printed material to explore how those both at home and on the front line tried to cope with the enormity of the First World War.

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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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Most famous French artillery gun of First World War arrives at Royal Armouries Fort Nelson

The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson has taken delivery of a famous 75mm Soixante-Quinze French artillery piece for the First World War Centenary.

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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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