The website of the project Tracing the Belgian refugees has been created by the University of Leeds in partnership with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and University College London. The project aims at creating a database concerning Belgian refugees who came during the First World War to the United Kingdom. Anyone can contribute information about refugees and their lives in exile. The database is supported by a blog, and there are also scholarly events on the research concerning the Belgian refugees. The database has four main fields: name, UK address, date of arrival and date of departure. You can use a general search field or add a new record to the database. The website can only be viewed in English.
The project is associated with the Online Centre for Research on Belgian Refugees.
Tracing the Belgian refugees
The digital exhibition World War I comes to The Newberry has been created by The Newberry Library, Chicago. This exhibition touches several themes around the First World War, with for example attention to postcards, the role of engineers at the Western Front, the home front and the war economy. A second section focuses on the end of the war, the role of American women in rebuilding France and the return of refugees. In a numbe of sections there is only a narrative with references to items put on show, but without images or digital versions of them.
World War I comes to The Newberry
The virtual exhibition 100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg [100 Years First World War] has been created in 2014 by the Österreichisches Staatsarchiv in Vienna. You can search among 24 thematic collections which cover many aspects of the First World War and its immediate aftermath. You can look at a chronology for military and diplomatic events, at milestones in daily life and documents related to them, or compare the diary entries of Karl Schneller, an influential officer in the Austrian army staff (Armeeoberkommando (AOK)), and emperor Franz Joseph for a specific date. The exhibition can only be viewed in German.
100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg
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.
The virtual exhibition Amsterdam en de Eerste Wereldoorlog [Amsterdam and the First World War] has been created by the Stadsarchief Amsterdam. The exhibition is organized around six major themes: culture, daily life, the war, the military, social history and refugees. You can view items concerning subjects such as food, medicine, Dutch soldiers and mariners, women, daily life and culture, the refugees – mainly from Belgium, and labor during the First World War. On the page Meer weten there is information about important archival record series of the Amsterdam municipal archive, including links to online inventories, and a selection of websites concerning the First World War. This virtual exhibition can only be viewed in Dutch.
Amsterdam en de Eerste Wereldoorlog
The website of the Dutch Stichting Studiecentrum Eerste Wereldoorlog (SSEW), founded in 2011, aims at bringing together Dutch initiatives concerning the study of the First World War. The Netherlands remained neutral during the four years of the conflict. In 1914 Belgian refugees fled in great numbers to the Netherlands. The links section gives a fairly extensive overview of Dutch WW1-websites.
Stichting Studiecentrum Eerste Wereldoorlog