World War One Centenary 1914-1918

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As the Centenary of World War One approaches it provides many opportunities for cross-curricular working. Listed here are a number of useful sites which offer ideas around what could be planned in school or sites which help with research for preparation for trips or about former pupils.

Imperial War Museum

www.iwm.org.uk

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The IWM was established in 1917 'to ensure that future generations understood the causes and consequences of war, to collect and display material as a record of everyone's experiences during that war and to remember the men and women who served.' Funded partly by the government, the National Lottery and donations, the family of five IWM museums reaches out to schools and offers a range of free resources, teaching activities and source materials.

From the home page there is a direct link to the First World War centenary area. Schools can register to benefit from the free digital assets and discussion areas. A series of over thirty podcasts has been made available from the museum sound collection including titles such as 'Why the war broke out' and 'Passchendaele' (www.1914.org/podcasts).

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The Ministry of Information First World War official collection forms one section of the site and the resources can be shared and reused under the terms of the IWM non-commercial licence. Photographs with descriptions have been organised by place, e.g. the Somme and by event, e.g. British Home Front. Images are also searchable by service and keyword. Links are also given to associated themes and pages. It is very easy to get lost in this fascinating collection of high quality images. This site provides an excellent and extensive range of original source materials to support the teaching and learning of history and cross-curricular projects. Suitable for primary and secondary school with activities linked to the key stages, this collection of resources comes highly recommended.

First World War Centenary 1914-1918

http://www.1914.org

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This website gathers together information about a range of interested parties led by The Imperial War Museum which forms an international network of over 1,400 educational and cultural organisations promoting projects, events and digital platforms to inform about life during the period. It functions as a signposting site for keeping up-to-date with progress of projects and new resources and highlighting the work of local groups connected with the Centenary. The new section allows new digital resources and projects to be found by region and this is the main benefit of this gateway. Schools and colleges may join the partnership and submit their own resources and gain access to free centenary digital assets including the helpful time lines.

Europeana 1914-1918

http://www.europeana1914-1918.eu/en

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Co-funded by the European Union but initiated and backed by Oxford University, this site continues the search for family letters, photos, objects and keepsakes to be digitised on a European wide level. …