WW1 Remembrance Projects
This page lists a variety of projects and activities carried out in the spirit of “Remembrance”, specifically to remember the generation of 1914-1918 who lived through the Great War or who were casualties on land, at sea or in the air. During the Centenary commemoration of the First World War in 2014 - 2018 there are many projects of Remembrance being undertaken by communities, organizations and individuals.
Index to featured Remembrance Projects:
- “And We Were Young” Animation Film Project
- Australian War Graves Photographic Archive
- British War Graves: War Graves Photographs
- BWW1: Berkshire in the First World War History Project
- Flanders Fields 1914-2014 Memorial Garden
- Legacies of War
- Lijssenthoek Project
- The LMS Patriot Steam Engine Project
- Lives of the First World War (Imperial War Museum Database Project)
- The Maple Leaf Legacy Project
- Military Boots Sewing Project (Trent to Trenches)
- New Zealand War Graves Project
- North East War Memorials Project
- Remembrance Image Project
- South Africa War Graves Project
- The Thiepval Database Project
- The War Graves Photographic Project
If you are involved in a project to further knowledge about the First World War, you are looking to find volunteers or you are hoping people can help to contribute information to your project, tell us about your project. Contact us at:
Animator Andy Smetanka has successfully achieved his goal of finding funding for a full length animated documentary about the experience of the United States Army in the Great War. Andy has the First World War as one of his main interests. He proposes making an animated documentary of the American involvement on the Western Front. This unusual and original interpretation of the soldiers in the First World War will combine animated silhouettes and cut paper with the words of soldiers who were there.
A trailer for the proposed animation project can be seen at:
Website: http://youtu.be/dIUlMwsikmg (47 seconds)
To find out more about Andy's project and his “Work in Progress” you can see a 4 minute video of Andy describing the project so far at:
Website: http://vimeo.com/48854875 Work in Progress
Started in the year 2000 the Australian War Graves Photographic Archive (AWGPA) aims to procure a digital photograph of every single Australian casualty commemorated on a war grave throughout the world.
The AWGPA seeks volunteers to help with the project by way of being a supporter and/or a photographer. The majority of photographs of graves have been taken, but if you think the archive may not have a photograph please make contact. The archive is looking to add photographs of local Australian war memorials. Pages on the AWGPA website can be sponsored financially or in kind. Websites can link to the project to show support.
To find out more see our page at:
British War Graves: War Graves Photographs
This is a project led by Mick McCann and other volunteers to establish an archive of photographs of British war graves in the United Kingdom and around the world. Photographs of the graves are supplied free of charge.
BWW1: Berkshire in the First World War History Project
BWW1 is a project led by Reading Central Library and Reading Borough Council funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project needs volunteers to help with research and digitization of the library collections covering Berkshire in the First World War. The project will develop a set of resources to illustrate the impact of the First World War on Berkshire. Themes cover the period from 1910 to 1925 and include daily life, women's changing roles, refugee camps, the lives of Berkshire servicemen and women, care for the wounded, the impact of war on Berkshire.
If you are interested in local Berkshire history and would like to be involved with this community project see the website for more details or email John Arcus, the project co-ordinator:
Flanders Fields 1914-2014 Memorial Garden
The Guards Museum in London commissioned the Flanders Fields 1914-2014 Memorial Garden to be constructed in Wellington Barracks near the Guards Chapel. The garden was unveiled on 6 November 2014 at a special ceremony.
For more information about the Flanders Fields Memorial Garden see the website:
Website: www.memorial2014.duo.be Memorial Garden
Legacies of War
A project run by colleagues at the University of Leeds who have research interests in the First World War. The project will organize cultural events in Leeds during 2014-2018. The research and activities during the centenary years will be structured around 5 themes: Yorkshire and the Great War, Culture and the Arts, Science and Technology, War and Medicine and War and Resistance.
For more information about the project and the events see the website:
Website: arts.leeds.ac.uk legacies of war
A project to build a new visitors' centre at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery was started in 2009 and the centre was completed in 2012. An important part of the project has been to collect stories about as many of the 10,000 casualties buried in the cemetery as possible.
If you have a relative or research information about a casualty buried in this cemetery the project would like to hear from you. For details of who to contact see our page at:
This is a project to build a Patriot Class steam locomotive from scratch. The project aims:
- To build a new 'Patriot' steam locomotive to the original Sir Henry Fowler parallel boiler design compatible for running on the mainline.
- To create the new National Memorial engine, which will be named “The Unknown Warrior”.
- To complete the engine in time for the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice in 2018.
For further details see our page with links to the LMS Patriot Project at:
Lives of the First World War (Imperial War Museum Database Project)
The IWM has launched a website to create a permanent digital memorial, asking people to add content onto the website to provide details of the men and women listed on this huge database. Help the IWM piece together the Life Stories of over 8 million men and women from across Britain and the Commonwealth who served in uniform and worked on the home front during the First World War.
The Maple Leaf Legacy Project
Military Boots Sewing Project: Trent to Trenches (Nottingham City & County 1914-1918)
As Great Britain commemorates the centenary of World War One, artist Joy Pitts invites you to remember those in your family past or present who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces. Joy will provide all the materials for you to hand-sew the name(s) onto a strip of cotton tape which will become part of an art work on canvas depicting a pair of military boots. During World War One it was common for both men and women to sew; repairing clothing at home and in the trenches, embroidering messages to send to loved ones and sewing bandages. This project recalls these activities and invites you to make your own hand made acknowledgement to those who serve. To see Joy's blog and to request your stitch pack see the contact details below:
Website: www.joypitts.co.uk/blog/ Joy's Blog
New Zealand War Graves Project
North East War Memorials Project
The North East War Memorials Project was set up to record the war memorials located in the north-east of England encompassing the counties of Northumberland, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Durham. The NWEMP is working closely with the War Memorials Archive (formerly the National Inventory of War Memorials) and is now forming the north-east part of the national project to archive all the war memorials in the United Kingdom.
For more information about the project in the north-east and how you can get involved see the website:
Remembrance Image Project
The aim of this project is to create a library of creative photographs documenting key sites associated with the First World War. Where possible the photos will be taken at a point in time close to the 100th anniversary of a battle action in the same location. By publishing the images it will create an archive for future generations to see and reflect on.
The images will also be used to create workshops, exhibitions, free resource packs and presentations for students and community groups. In addition to the images photographed for the project, a Twitter feed and a facebook page have been set up so that people can share their own photos with others. See the website for more about the project.
South Africa War Graves Project
The Thiepval Database Project
Since 2004 Pam and Ken Linge have been compiling a database of photographic and biographical details for the 72,000 officers and men commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. Anyone with information about a relative or research material for a soldier commemorated on this memorial is invited to contact the project. For more information go to our page at:
The War Graves Photographic Project
The War Graves Photographic Project is a voluntary project to create a photographic record of every British and Commonwealth war grave and memorial inscription from the First World War.