Taking your research further

At the heart of IWM’s Lives of the First World War are the Life Stories of more than 7.6 million individuals. They were part of the global conflict that shaped the world we live in today. But how can we find out more about their wartime experiences?

The History section aims to help you understand more about the world in which the people you are remembering lived and worked, so you can take your research further. You can use what you find to add new evidence to the Life Stories you are interested in. 

What can I find out about?

Finding clues in mementoes


Understanding military structure and abbreviations



The War on Land


  The War At Sea



 The War in the Air


 The Home Front