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)

100 legacies selected by the Wall Street Journal from World War I which continue to shape our lives today.

Website: online.wsj.com WWI

Ambulance Trains: Railways and the First World War

See an online virtual exhibition of the part played by ambulance trains in the First World War:

Website: railwaymuseum.org.uk Ambulance Trains

An online virtual exhibition compiled as a website for the 2014-18 Centenary is now closed, but some information is still available on the National Railway Museum (York) website. Visit the website:

Website: www.railwaymuseum.org.uk First World War

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:

Website: www.europeana.eu Europeana-1914-1918

First World War (CWGC)

Online exhibitions including photographs and related military cemeteries and memorials by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).

Website: www.cwgc.org First World War

The First World War (National Army Museum)

An online exhibition by the National Army Museum. Pages include photographs, maps and personal accounts.

Website: www.nam.ac.uk online exhibitions the First World War

First World War Poetry Digital Archive

The online archive comprises over 7,000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning and research.

Website: www.oucs.ox.ac.uk

Ireland and the Great War

Website: www.rte.ie Ireland and the Great War

International Encyclopedia of the First World War

Website: www.1914-1918-online.net

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 has been featured each month through to November 2018.

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:

The topics covered in the online exhibition include:

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:

Website: virtualexhibition.1418remembered.co.uk

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.

Website: ww1.sl.nsw.gov.au

War Horses (National Army Museum)

In the Explore online series the National Army Museum has compiled information and images about horses in the First World War including:

Website: www.nam.ac.uk Horses

Related Topics

See also our pages giving links for a wide range of online education resources for teachers, students and researchers:

WWI Education Resources for Teachers

Researching Military History