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

By Culture24 Reporter | 12 June 2014

Launched today, a new National Army Museum website includes diaries of First World War soldiers and digital mapping for visitors

A yellowed photo of a soldier crouching on sand holding his dog by a tree
Captain Charles Mosse, of the 120th Rajputana Infantry, and his dog (1920)© NAM
The diary of Indian Army officer Charles Mosse, a future Military Cross winner who was in London on the day the First World War was declared, is one of the highlights of a new National Army Museum website, The First World War in Focus, which aims to become a definitive chronicle of information about the conflict on its centenary.

A photo of an old letter written on mottled yellowy brown paper in black lined ink
Diary of Lieutenant Mosse, August 3-4 1914© NAM
Mosse, a Lieutenant-Colonel originally from Sussex, is portrayed in a series of unseen photographs, posed as one of the everyday soldiers whose thoughts and feelings on a tumultuous time for the world will be recorded through the site, which will also split the war into six key sections supplemented by short films and teaching tips.

An individual account of an event will be released each month, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of each point in time. “Geotagging” will then allow visitors to see where they took place on a digital map of the world.

Janice Murray, the museum’s Director General, called the release of the new photos, diaries and audio accounts “hugely exciting”.

“It will form a central pillar to our commemorative activity for the next four years,” she said.

“Offering an interactive history of the War at the click of a mouse, the website really is a one-stop shop for those looking to find out more about the conflict across the spectrum of themes and events.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer such a comprehensive tool to mark the centenary.”
The project is a result of the museum’s bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £11.5 million, which ended in triumph when the award was confirmed two months ago.

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