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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Unit war diaries
We've published more digitised unit war diaries on Discovery, including Indian infantry diaries.
Help us to tag our diaries
Operation War Diary is an exciting new crowdsourcing project – help us to unlock the data in our war diaries.
Interactive global First World War map
Explore the global impact of the First World War through our new online map, which highlights key events and figures in the conflict from our records.
The map aims to go beyond the trenches of the Western Front and shows how the war affected different parts of the world.
- Talk: A Game for Christmas: Football on the Western Front, December 1914?
Thursday 11 December 14:00-15:00
My Tommy's War
It has been almost two years since we launched our My Tommy’s War blog series with My Tommy’s War: An Eastender in the Lancers…
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.
Telling Tommies' tales
We’re asking primary school aged children across the UK to transport themselves to the trenches for our First World War competition Telling Tommies’ tales.
Voices of Armistice
This podcast series brings alive individual experiences of those who served in the First World War.