Virtual WW1 Exhibitions & Collections for Research Online
The following virtual exhibitions and collections are available online. Researchers, teachers and students will find them very interesting and accessible for study of a variety of themes about the First World War. The exhibitions and collections comprise primary sources of letters and personal accounts, film and photographs.
- 100 Years Legacies (Wall Street Journal)
- Battle of the Somme (CWGC)
- Battle of the Somme (National Army Museum)
- Europeana 1914-18: Untold Stories of the First World War
- First World War Poetry Digital Archive
- Ireland and the Great War
- International Encyclopedia of the First World War
- Memorials of the Great War: Sir Edwin Lutyens OM
- On the Ways of the Great War
- Our/Your War Stories (New South Wales State Library)
- St. John Ambulance: Veronica Nisbet's Scrapbook
- War Horse - Fact & Fiction (Microsite)
- WAACs at War
- The Western Front, 1918
100 Years Legacies (Wall Street Journal)
100 legacies selected by the Wall Street Journal from World War I which continue to shape our lives today.
Website: online.wsj.com WWI
Battle of the Somme 1916 (CWGC)
An interactive exhibition about the Battle of the Somme 1 July - 18 November 1916 by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). The exhibition includes descriptions for each of the 12 battles, campaign maps, Army structure and military terminology.
Website: www.cwgc.org Battle of the Somme
Battle of the Somme 1916 (National Army Museum)
An interactive exhibition about the Battle of the Somme 1 July - 18 November 1916 by the National Army Museum (London). The exhibition includes sections on Context, Battle, Impact and Legacy.
Website: www.nam.ac.uk Somme
Europeana-1914-1918: Untold Stories of the First World War
Photographs, letters and memorabilia from archives across the globe covering the themes of:
- The Unexpected
- News from the Front
- Family Stories
- A Soldier's Kit
- People in Documents
Website: www.europeana.eu Europeana-1914-1918
First World War Poetry Digital Archive
The online archive comprises over 7000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning and research.
Ireland and the Great War
Website: www.rte.ie Ireland and the Great War
International Encyclopedia of the First World War
Memorials of the Great War: Sir Edwin Lutyens OM
A web-based exhibition is hosted by the Lutyens Trust website and guest curator Tim Skelton. Starting in August 2014 a photograph with descriptive text for one of Lutyens' war memorials will be featured each month.
Website: www.lutyenstrustexhibitions1.org.uk Exhibition
On the Ways of the Great War
This is an online exhibition forming an integral part of “The Great War Remembered” project. The exhibition has been put together by the following Belgian and French organizations as a cross-border partnership:
- In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres
- Musée d épartmemental de Flandre
- Historial de la Grande Guerre, Peronne
- Caverne du Dragon-Musée, Aisne
- Département de Pas-de-Calais
- Département du Nord
The topics covered in the online exhibition include:
- Chinese workers
- Civilians on the Move
- Soldiers on and Behind the Frontline
- The British Empire on the Continent
- Remembrance Tourism
There are photographs, paintings, documents, fact sheets, teachers' notes and teaching aids within the project.
The project is available to read in English, Dutch, French and German.
Explore the online exhibition at:
Our/Your War Stories
Collections in the New South Wales State Library, brought together in themes to reflect Australia's experience of war. Themes include daily life at the fighting front, love and friendship, children in war, and entertainment for the troops. The collections of archive material include digitised diaries, letters, newspapers, posters and photographs.
The library is interested to hear from anyone who may be able to add to the collection or can give additional detail to the stories, photos and mementoes already held there. See the website to find out more about the collections and how you can contribute.
St. John Ambulance: Veronica Nisbet's Scrapbook
The moving testimonial of a St. John Ambulance nurse who volunteered to save soldiers’ lives during the First World War has been given a new life in digital format, as part of a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Museum of the Order of St John has received £69,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to tell the story of Veronica Nisbet, a Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse who served at the St John Ambulance Brigade Hospital in Étaples, northern France during the First World War.
Working in collaboration with staff at the Museum, St. John Ambulance Cadets (aged between 10 and 17) have learned new skills as they explored the charity’s wartime heritage. Together they created an interactive learning resource based upon Veronica’s memories. Completed in September 2015 (the hundredth anniversary of the first convoy of patients arriving at the Hospital in Étaples), the learning resource is available in the Museum as well as online to commemorate the 45,000 St. John volunteers who, by the end of the First World War, had answered the call for Voluntary Aid to support the Armed Services. Additionally, the funding received has enabled the Museum to increase public access to the fascinating First World War materials in its St. John Archive including diaries, photographs and official correspondence with the War Office.
To see the online project visit the museum website at:
War Horse - Fact & Fiction
An online exhibition established by the National Army Museum in London to accompany the War Horse exhibition held at the museum in 2011-12. Click on the Explore menu link to see all the themes explored in the online exhibition, including:
- Requisition, Transport & Care
- Training & Sport
- No-Mans Land
- Horse Heroes
- Kit & Equipment
Website: www.nam.ac.uk microsites war horse
WAACs at War
This is an online exhibition with 11 pages of photographs and text to explain the founding in 1917 of the first women's service in the British Army as the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.
Website: www.nam.ac.uk online exhibitions Waacs at War
The Western Front, 1918
This is an online exhibition by the National Army Museum. 15 pages with photographs and personal accounts, explain the build-up to the German Spring Offensive on 21 March 1918 and the Allied Offensive from 8 August, which became known as the Battles of the Last 100 Days.
Website: www.nam.ac.uk online exhibitions the Western Front 1918
See also our pages giving links for a wide range of online education resources for teachers, students and researchers: