Category Archives: Exhibitions

Medicine in World War I

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The virtual exhibition Medicine in World War I has been created by Yale University Library. This exhibition aims at giving an overall picture with documents of the role of medicine during the First World War. Thus not only the developments in surgery to heal wounds come into view, but also the impact of diseases, and not only the influenza pandemic of 1918. There is attention for diseases such as trench fever and poisoining by gas, and also for nursing and the psychological impact of fighting. You can look at a list of other virtual exhibitions on the theme of medicine during the First World War. The bibliography contains for a number of titles links to online versions.

Medicine in World War I

La Guerre 14-18

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The virtual exhibition La Guerre 14-18 has been created in 2014 by the Bibliothèque nationale de France on its subdomain for virtual exhibitions. The exhibition has four sections. In the first section you can look at various images, including posters and modern photos of places mentioned in the diaries of soldier Louis Barthas. The second section, L’Europe en 14, looks at the situation of Europe in 1914. The third section, La guerre à l’horizon, concerns pacifists and social movements, and the role and image of the military in 1914. The fourth section Le choc looks at the impact of the outbreak of war on an European scale developing into the Great War. The exposition is accompanied by a section for educators, with for example a chronology of 1914. This exhibition can be viewed in French and English.

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En guerre: French illustrators and World War I

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The virtual exhibition En guerre: French illustrators and World War I has been created in 2014 by the University of Chicago Library. The exhibition looks at some major aspects of the First World War, such as the Allied powers and the Centrals, but also at the home front and children. The images show book covers, images from illustrated books, postcards and posters. There is a printed catalogue for the original exhibition.

En guerre: French illustrators and World War I

La Première Guerre mondiale dans les Archives de la Planète

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The virtual exhibition La Première Guerre mondiale dans les Archives de la Planète has been created by the Musée Départemental Albert Kahn in Boulogne-Billancourt and the cultural department of the département Hauts-de-Seine, in cooperation with ECPAD and the Mission Centenaire 14-18.

Albert Kahn (1860-1940) was a Parisian banker with great cultural interests, and also a pacifist with international contacts. One of his foundations was the Archives de la planète. During the First World War its staff made numerous photographs, among them rare colour photos (autochromes), and films. In a late phase of the war they worked together with the Section cinematographique et photographique de l’armee. The virtual exhibition has three main sections. The first section Regarder looks at the front, the civilians, the devastation and the aftermath of the First World War. The second section Comprendre (Understand) is the educational part of this exhibition. The third section Valoriser shows the background to the autochromes and films. This virtual exhibition can only be viewed in French.

In the digital collections of the Musée départemental Albert Kahn you can select some 16,900 photographs of the First World War (Thèmes: Première guerre mondiale), and use additional filters for specific themes, location and creator. There is also an interactive map to find images concerning a particular location.

La Première Guerre mondiale dans les Archives de la Planète

Jutland 1916

Logo Jutland 1916The virtual exhibition Jutland 1916 accompanies an exhibition starting in 2016 of the National Royal Navy Museum in Portsmouth at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The core of the small virtual exhibition to commemorate the naval battle of Jutland on May 31-June 1, 1916 is an interactive map which you can tune to focus on sailors, ships, places or memorials. You can also search directly using the free text search. The virtual exhibition contains a number of videos and some image galleries. There is also some background information and a concise bibliography about the events in 1916, their impact and context.

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Archives 14-18 en Wallonie

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The virtual exhibition Archives 14-18 en Wallonie has been created by the Belgian National Archives. The website functions as a showcase of and gateway to materials in the Wallon provinces of Belgium. There are nearly 120 items. You can find here examples of letters, photographs, posters, court records and much more. There is a free text search field (Recherche) and you can search using a great variety of tags. You can also browse for individual archives or look for specific years, even up to 1925. The section Plus+ offers a selection of websites and points to a general guide for archival records concerning the First World War and Belgium. This virtual exhibition can only be viewed in French.

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Belgen Gezocht

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The digital collection Belgen Gezocht [Searching Belgians] has been created by the Archief Eemland in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. This regional archive has digitized photographs, a newspaper and family registers about some 19,000 Belgian refugees who came to Amersfoort in 1914. 16,000 Belgian soldiers were brought to Camp Zeist. A refugee newspaper De Kampbode [The Camp Messenger] has been completely digitized (1915-1918). The family cards are partially still being transcribed and processed as part of Vele Handen [Many Hands], a Dutch crowdsourcing project for indexing and transcribing online archival records. The collections are accompanied by six virtual exhibitions about particular locations, among them the project for the Belgenmonument, the monument commemorating the Belgian presence in and around Amersfoort during the First World War. The website can only be viewed in Dutch.

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The Virtual Gramophone: First World War Era

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The virtual exhibition The Virtual Gramophone: First World War Era has been created by Library and Archives Canada at the portal Collections Canada as a part of the section The Virtual Gramophone concerning the history of music in Canada. The portal gives an overview of Canada’s musical history. The section about the First World War has four focuses:

Popular Songs, 1914-1918
Songs of the First World War
The Music on the Home Front: Sheet Music from Canada’s Past
The Music Scene in Quebec, 1915-1920

The section with popular songs gives lists of song arranged in chronological order by year. You can listen to a number of sound recordings of them. The section on songs of the First World War has songs arranged by a number of subjects. The section on sheet music is at present missing from the site. There are also biographies of musicians, and the reference list contains a succinct bibliography about First World War music. This virtual exhibition can be viewed in English and French.

At Sheet Music from Canada’s Past, another section of the portal Collections Canada, you can search for items created during the First World War era (select 1914-1920). Searching for the subject World War 1914-1918 brings you to nearly 200 items.

The Virtual Gramophone: First World War Era

Europaeisk krig uundgaaelig

Telegram from Vienna, July 25, 1914The virtual exhibition Europaeisk krig uundgaaelig [European war is inevitable] has been created by the Riksarkivet og Statsarkivene, the Norwegian national archives. This small virtual exhibition shows twelve telegrams and letters documenting the activity of Norwegian diplomats and politicians during the summer of 1914. Norway was one of the countries that declared themselves neutral during the First World War. The exhibition can only be viewed in Norse.

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Der Erste Weltkrieg und das Ende der Habsburgmonarchie

Logo Der Erste WeltkriegThe virtual exhibition Der Erste Weltkrieg und das Ende der Habsburgermonarchie [The First World War and the end of the Habsburg monarchy] has been created by Schloss Schönbrunn in Vienna. You can conduct a general search using the free text search field, click the map for information about a particular part of the Habsburg Empire, look at a particular year of the First World War and its aftermath, or choose from the many themes covering a wide variety of subjects. The digitized items featured in this exhibition come from the holdings of several institutions in Vienna and elsewhere. The exhibition can be viewed in German and English.

Der Erste Weltkrieg und das Ende der Habsburgermonarchie