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Cymru 1914: The Welsh experience of the First World War

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The digital portal Cymru 1914: The Welsh experience of the First World War is a gateway to digitized collections in the holdings of archives and libraries in Wales.  The portal has been created by JISC, the National Library of Wales and other cultural institutions in Wales. On this portal you can access digitized archival records, photographs, manuscripts, newspapers and sound recordings.  You can search for items with a free text search field. You can limit the results to particular types of resources or choose items from a particular institution. You can also browse the various collections for a particular type of resource. The portal can be viewed in English and Welsh.

Welsh activities concerning the centenary of the First World War can be conveniently found at the portal site Wales Remembers.

Cymru 1914: The Welsh experience of the First World War

Imperial War Museums

Logo IWMThe website of the Imperial War Museums (IWM) brings you to the five locations and the various collections of one of the world’s largest war museums. Apart from the main museum in London there are branches in London-North, the Churchill War Rooms and the HMS Belfast in London, and a branch in Duxford. The website provides you with detailed information about the collections, research, exhibits, and educational activities. You can search the collections online with a keyword search or for particular objects, ranging from letters, diaries, interviews, images – including stereoscopic photographs in original formats – and books to aircraft, weapons and toys. For some 90,000 items of the total of 800,000 items you will find digitized materials. Some sixty concise illustrated dossiers on subjects related to the First World War help placing objects in their historical context. The IWM portal has a special section on the centenary of the First World War, and the IWM is also the leading institution of the British First World War Centenary portal. In July 2014 the main museum reopens with a new First World War gallery.

The IWM has also created an online database for searching among the 60,000 war memorials in the United Kingdom, Another IWM website concerning the First World War is Operation War Diary, a project dealing with digitized unit diaries in cooperation with the British National Archives at Kew. At Flickr the IWM is present with Faces of the First World War, photographic portraits of soldiers and officers. Lives of the First World War is a project to bring materials together about daily life between 1914 and 1918, with both items from the holdings of archives, libraries and museums, and items presented by the public in a crowdsourcing project.

Imperial War Museums

British Library: Early spoken word recordings

Logo British LibraryThe digital collection British Library: Early spoken word recordings is part of the Sounds portal of the British Library in London. The section with early speech recordings belongs to the sound recordings within the oral history collection. English historians have developed a vigorous tradition in collecting and recording stories told by both ordinary people and people with official functions. The collection contains some 600 recordings from 1890 until the sixties. Among the small number of recordings from the First World War is a speech by Herbert Asquith. Current information about the Sounds portal can be found at the sounds and vision blog of the British Library.

British Library: Early spoken word recordings