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: Poetry and prose by women in the First World War
Tuesday 10 March 14:00-16:00
- Webinar: Tracing your ancestors - women in the military services during First World War
Monday 16 March 16:00-17:00
My Tommy's War
My Tommy is my Born in Newport, South Wales, on 16 June, 1894, William Alfred Bale was the eldest child of dock worker William Humphrey Bale and his wife Mary...
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.