The Great War Remembered

Sending off the Recruits, Wolverton
Sending off the Recruits, Wolverton
Wounded Soldier, 1913
Wounded Soldier, 1913
Interior of the Ambulance Train
Interior of the Ambulance Train

 

With a grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund, Living Archive held events to encourage people to search their attics and bring more memories and stories to a project about The Great War. A team of volunteers did further research and the resulting material forms a website, as well being used in the creation of a book and education resources for schools.

The results were showcased in The Great War Remembered website. It shows the Peoples’ History of the Great War, as witnessed and recorded by people in the communities of modern Milton Keynes. There are stories of everyday lives on the Home Front, as well as serving soldiers’ memories. Diaries, photographs, letters and documents were lovingly preserved by their families and donated to this project. This is the First World War as it was experienced on a local and personal scale.

Through this website, The Great War Remembered, you can learn more about the impact of the First World War on women and children, listen to interviews with those who lived through the war, and read about how daily life in local communities was affected by the war. You can also listen to music and watch films inspired by the archive material uncovered during the project.


To find out more, you can purchase the accompanying book, The Milton Keynes Book of Days of The Great War from our online shop. This book uses diaries, letters, photographs, and newspapers to show what was happening to the people of the local area on every day between 1913 and 1919.

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