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WW1 Online – 5 digital museum projects around the Great War


Image: Adam Jacobs: 1885 bei der Armee. From

Museums across the UK have launched projects to mark the centenary of WW1. We look at 5 examples of museums using online platforms to connect with their audience and deliver the digital museum experience around the Great War anniversary.

1: The Imperial War Museum: Lives of the First World War

We looked at this project in an earlier blog post, and it’s still one of the most impressive uses of digital research and sharing out there. Users are invited to add to the growing archive of information on servicemen and women who served overseas during the conflict. It’s a great mix of official archive material and human stories, with an emphasis on user-generated content

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WW1 meets WWW to create a very social archive

In a recent post, we highlighted that the best digital museum archives are those that allow and invite public comment and contribution.

The Imperial War Museum has done just that with an ambitious and exciting project that records information on the millions of Britons who served in World War 1.

Lives of the First World War draws on official archives and family records to record and remember 4.5m people who served overseas in the 1914-1918 conflict.

Details of many of those recorded are minimal, and the IWM is asking members of the public to help develop the archive by contributing their own stories, memories and images of family members recorded in the database.

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Digital collection brings natural history to life


Spectacular images and rare books documenting America’s rich natural history have been made available to the public for the first time in a very neat new digital archive from the American Museum and Natural History.

We like the user friendly way this is laid out and the way they provide different levels of information for the curious public and more dedicated researchers.

It would have been nice to see more integration with social media – making it more shareable, allowing people to embed galleries and inviting comments would make it a much more interactive platform.

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