Europeana (Europe’s digital library, museum and archive), in conjunction with Oxford University, is building the first ever online European archive of private stories and documents from World War One in time for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war in 1914, at Europeana1914-1918 .
The National Library of Ireland invited the public to bring their World War One memorabilia, where the material was digitised and added to the Europeana online archive, along with the stories associated with the objects in question.
Material can be submitted into the archive independently. Just scan or digitally photograph items, and upload them to Europeana 1914-1918 , where there is also a step-by-step guide to the process. All the items photographed at the roadshow, and the stories associated with it, are available to view on the Europeana website.
The Europeana 1914-1918 project will give universities, colleges, museums, galleries, archives, libraries, the creative industries and schools the opportunity to work together with the public to create new and exciting ways of considering the historical, political and social legacy of the World War One through innovative digital technologies.
The Europeana Roadshow was also held at the National Library on 21 March 2012 and at the Hunt Museum in Limerick on 5 November 2012. For further information on the Limerick event, click here.