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Oxford University's 'Lest We Forget' Project (WW1)

Discussion in 'History' started by stulee2, Jul 6, 2017.

  1. stulee2

    stulee2 New commenter

    Hi all,

    You may be interested in a project we are currently crowd-funding at present here at Oxford to run a programme across the UK to digitise publicly-held material related to WW1. In 2008 we ran a pilot project entitled the Great War Archive where we collected 6,500 object in 3 months and made them digitally available online for free. This then led to Europeana 1914-1918 where we digitally crowd-sourced 200,000 items from across mainland Europe - again online now for free reuse. In 'Lest We Forget' we are aiming to train volunteers in local communities (notably schools) who want to run their own digital collection day where they invite students to bring in material their family still has from the war, or invite the local community to bring in material, and for it to be then digitised and uploaded. We've run a few events like this with schools in the past and have included in such days story telling, transcription exercises, talks from historians, etc.

    As mentioned we are crowd-funding at present via https://oxreach.hubbub.net/p/lestweforget/ and have raised (with pledges coming in) about £13k and need £20k to trigger the project. This would allow us to create training packs for schools and communities to use on how to run a collection day, and maybe loan equipment.

    If this is at all of interest to you then feel free to drop me a line - you may think this might be a good activity you'd like to run next year, by yourself just using the free training material, but we have also costed out coning to a school to train students directly and to support them on the day if that would be of interest.

    Or if nothing else feel free to pass on details of the project via Twitter, Facebook, emails etc.

    This is a complimentary project to other initiatives like the Imperial War Museum's 'Lives of Soldiers' (we have shared data in the past with the IWM), but the focus here is on all people who were affected by the war (men, women, children) and the material that has survived and the associated stories.

    Happy to provide more information,

    Stuart Lee
    University of Oxford
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