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.
Index to featured Remembrance Projects:
- “And We Were Young” Animation Film Project
- Australian War Graves Photographic Archive
- Lijssenthoek Project
- The LMS Patriot Steam Engine 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.
A project to build a new visitors' centre at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery has been underway since 2009. The centre is due to be completed in late 2012. An important part of the project is 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:
The Maple Leaf Legacy Project
New Zealand War Graves 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.