Category Archives: Lieux de mémoire

Grand Mémorial

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The portal Grand Mémorial is part of the website Culture, the main portal of the French government for information about and research in French cultural institutions. At least thirty French archives contribute to the Grand Mémorial. The main aim of this portal is to help genealogical research, The website gives quick access to several databases, more precisely for unit diaries (journaux des marches et opérations), regimental registers (registres matricule) kept at the French regional archives (archives départementales), information about soldiers killed in action (Morts pour la France) and their graves (sépultures), war monuments as provided at Mémoire des hommes, and also La Grande Collecte, a crowdsourcing project for documents and memorabilia, an initiative of French archives. There is a simple search mode for finding people with their name and family name, and an advanced search mode with more filter options (date, department, country, source, etc.). The Grand Mémorial portal can be searched in French, English and Spanish; the background information is given only in French.

At Digital1418 there are detailed descriptions concerning Mémoire des hommes (unit diaries, graves, soldiers killed in action) and La Grande Collecte.

Grand Mémorial

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Monumenti italiani della Grande Guerra

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The digital collection Monumenti italiani della Grande Guerra [Monuments of the Great War] has been created by the Museo civico del Risorgimento (MCR) in Bologna and the Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra in Rovereto (Trentino).  This collection gives access to digitized images of and records about Italian memorials of the First World War, both in Italy and in other countries, such as present day Albania, Austria, Belgium, France, Hungary, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia and Switzerland, even in Egypt, Libia and Somalia.

You can search using a free text field (ricerca libera) or the advanced search mode (ricerca avanzata) with fields for province and state (provinza/stato), towns (comuni), location (località), sculptor (scultore) and date of realization (data realizzazione). When you choose Sfoglia you can browse the entire collection with some 4300 images of memorials in 1600 towns and villages. This digital collection is only accessible in Italian.

The MCR has two more digital collections about the First World War, one on victims of war from Bologna and an image collection. The museum in Rovereto has at its website an extensive web directory for museums in the region Trentino, and for First World War museums in Italy and elsewhere.

Monumenti italiani della Grande Guerra

Paths of Memory

Logo Paths of MemoryThe portal Paths of Memory presents the history of lieux de mémoire of the First World War, the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War. The portal has been created in 2002 by institutions from six countries. You can search for themes and subjects with the quick search, check the place index or navigate the maps of European for a particular theme. The home front is not forgotten. For each region or location you can read a concise history and a section with information for tourism. The portal can be viewed in six languages. The names of this portal in the various languages correspond even with dedicated web addresses for each of the six languages; for example, for German the Wege der Erinnerung can be visited at www.wege-der-erinnerung.de.

Paths of Memory

Op de wegen van de Grote Oorlog

Logo Op de wegen - NLThe virtual exhibition Op de wegen van de Grote Oorlog (On the roads of the Great War) is the companion website of  the travelling exhibition project De Grote Oorlog herdacht (The Great War remembered). The project is an initiative of institutions in the Belgian provinces Flanders and Wallonie, and France. The exhibition features five themes: the work of Chinese labourers, military transport at and to the front, civilians on the road, the British Empire and the European continent, and the tourism to lieux de mémoire. There is a useful general chronology and an index of places. For teachers educational guides are present. The website can be viewed in Dutch, French, English and German.

Op de wegen van de Grote Oorlog

2014-18: 100 jaar Groote Oorlog

Logo 2014-18-NLThe website 2014-18: 100 jaar Groote Oorlog aims at presenting concise information about the commemoration in Flanders of the First World War. You can find here a calendar of commemorative events, and information about museums, monuments, cemeteries and battlefields, including information about lodging and tourism using different forms of transport. The website can be viewed in Dutch, English and French.

2014-18: 100 jaar Groote Oorlog

Australians on the Western Front 1914-1918

Logo Australian Western FrontThe portal Australians on the Western Front 1914-1918 brings you to the Australian armed forces and their role on the Western Front during the First World War. This website for the Australian Remembrance Trail has been created in cooperation with the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The website guides you to the lieux de mémoire; you can follow several routes in France and Belgium. The website can be viewed in English and French. The information on locations in Belgium can also be read in Dutch.

Australians on the Western Front 1914-1918

Stelvio-Umbrail 14-18

Logo Stelvio-Umbrail VereinThe museum and society Stelvio-Umbrail 14-18 aim at presenting the remains from the First World War of the Swiss fortifications along the Stelvio pass. The society has a museum in Santa Maria-Val Mustair, and has created a network of footpaths in the Alps. The website presents a number of panoramic photographs of the Swiss defense line in the Alps, and there is an image archive. The website can be viewed in German, Italian and Rhetoroman.

Stelvio-Umbrail 14-18