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About World War One

Pointers to local and national sources of information and resources for educational use.

A selection of sources is listed here. If you come across a really good website please let us know, and we'll add it to the list.

Many aspects of the First World War are discussed on the Open University websiteand the BBC website.

The British Library's collection of articles on World War One has over 50 articles from leading experts explaining how people were recruited, armed and organised.

The First World War Centenarywebsite has information on commemorative events being held around the UK. This website is compiled by a group led by the Imperial War Museum, and has links to a wide variety of resources.

The First World Warwebsite deals with the history of the First World War, with resources in a range of formats.

Dorset History Centre

Dorset History Centre is home to a wealth of materials related to the early twentieth century, and the First World War. These include a range of books, oral histories of veterans, letters, a diary of a local soldier, original designs for war memorials and local government records. Dorset History Centre welcomes school visits, and can provide sessions based on original sources, looking at various aspects of the conflict including horses, and local prisoners of war.

Dorset History Centre can also provide thoughtful powerpoint presentations suitable for use in class or assembly, and electronic copies of oral histories.

To access these resources, or to discuss a visit please contact us bellow:

Community Engagement Officer, Dorset History Centre

Name: Maria Gayton
Full details for Community Engagement Officer, Dorset History Centre


The Great War 1914-1918website discusses the history of the World War One and offers a guide to battlefields.

The Long Long Trailwebsite, created by a military historian and battlefield guide, has useful guidance on research into battlefields and soldiers of World War One.

War records and family history

The Imperial War Museum's Lives of the First World Warwebsite traces the lives of 8 million people from Britain and the Commonwealth.

You can search Forces War Recordsfor information on War Records and Military Genealogy.

The Ancestry family history site has a military recordssection allowing research into a wide range of records. Subscription will be needed for sustained use.

War graves and memorials

The Commonwealth War Graves Commissionmanages and keeps records of war graves around the world, and provides guidance on searching for people who are buried.

The WW1Cemeteries websiteoffers a comprehensive guide to the military cemeteries and memorials around the world.

The home front

English Heritage's Home Frontproject explores the effect of the war on the home front.

Senior Archaeologist, Promotion and Liaison

Name: Claire Pinder
Tel: 01305 224921
Fax: 01305 224835
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