Logo The First World War - Sources for history  

The sources for the First World War held by The National Archives and the Imperial War Museum offer richly varied insights into all aspects of what Glossary - opens new windowH G Wells called 'the war that will end war'.

By making a selection of these records available online for the first time, this exhibition provides a valuable research tool for all those interested in modern history - including anyone tracing military records of ancestors who served in the First World War or researching controversies relating to the conflict.

Beyond that, it aims to create a wider understanding of the global nature of the war and its consequences, which in areas such as the Balkans and Palestine are still being felt today.

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First World War portal

First World War centenary
The National Archives will be marking the centenary of the First World War with an extensive programme, spanning the period from 2014 - 2019. To find out more about our plans, visit our dedicated First World War site.

A 'Pathways to the Past' exhibition in partnership with the Imperial War Museum, with thanks to the New Opportunities Fund
The Imperial War Museum
New Opportunities Fund