Lest We For­get dig­i­tal archive goes on­line

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A new dig­i­tal archive for shar­ing sto­ries of your fam­ily’s ex­pe­ri­ences dur­ing the First World War went live on Re­mem­brance Sun­day.

Lest We For­get is the out­come of a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion (CWGC) and Ox­ford Univer­sity, with money from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund.

The project helps lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties or­gan­ise and run their own Dig­i­tal Col­lec­tion Days, where mem­bers of the pub­lic bring along sto­ries, mem­o­ries, pho­to­graphs, di­aries, let­ters and other me­men­tos re­lat­ing to the First World War war to be digi­tised and up­loaded to the project data­base.

The first items have now been added to the web­site lwf. web.ox.ac.uk, and shed light on the ex­pe­ri­ences of the men who fought in the war. One sub­mis­sion shows the car­toons that Cap­tain Arthur Henry Dou­glas drew in his photo al­bum in the trenches.

To get in­volved in Lest We For­get, you can up­load your own arte­facts di­rectly to the web­site, at­tend one of the up­com­ing Dig­i­tal Col­lec­tion Days around the coun­try, or vol­un­teer to help out or host your own Col­lec­tion Day. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www. cwgc.org/lest-we-for­get.

Do you have fam­ily sto­ries of WW1 to share?

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