Explore our collection of First World War records
We hold the official UK government records of the First World War, including a vast collection of letters, diaries, maps and photographs.
We will be marking the centenary of the war with an extensive programme, spanning a five-year period between 2014 and 2019.
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Help us tag our war diaries
Operation War Diary is an exciting new crowdsourcing project – help us to unlock the data in our war diaries.
Search Merchant Navy 1915 crew lists
The Crew Lists and Agreements for 1915 enable you to search almost a million names of those at sea during 1915.
- Exhibition: Centenary Stitches
Tuesday 5 January - Saturday 19 March
- Hands on History: Commemorating Conscription and the Home Front, 1916-1918
Friday 29 January, 14:00-16:00
- Film Screening: Tell Them Of Us
Friday 5 February, 14:00-16:00
- Hands on History: First World War Women
Wednesday 10 February, 14:00-16:00
- Hands on History: The First World War in Africa: War Diaries and the Wider Picture
Thursday 18 February, 13:00-16:00
From the beginning of the First World War, a range of women volunteered as nurses working close to the front line. Read their stories, touching, funny, and harrowing by turns.
Podcasts and videos
Use our podcasts and videos to help you explore our records of the First World War, from tracing battalions of the British Army to the Women’s Land Army.
Join us on our blog to read and discuss various themes around the First World War.
Letters from the First World War
Explore how a group of men from varied backgrounds experienced active service.
Explore ANZAC stories
See first-hand reports of Gallipoli and images from the time and join us as we uncover stories about the Australian and New Zealand contribution to the war effort.