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 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: The Royal Navy and British Army Go To War: Mobilisation And Their Roads to War 1914
Tuesday 5 August 14:00-15:00
- Talk: A Game for Christmas: Football on the Western Front, December 1914?
Thursday 11 December 14:00-15:00
My Tommy's War
My great-uncle had an unexpected war at home. My grandfather was too young to fight in the First World War and his father almost too old…
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.
All Pals Together
In this videoconference students can share one hour in the life of a soldier from a Pals Battalion, Private Henry Fairhurst, played by a costumed actor, as he talks about why he joined up and what life is like in the trenches.
Voices of Armistice
This podcast series brings alive individual experiences of those who served in the First World War.