A growing list of national and international organisations that are supporting IWM's Lives of the First World War project:


Academic Advisory Group

A panel of experts convened by IWM to offer their advice on the museum’s First World War Centenary digital projects.

The group is chaired by Professor Richard Grayson, Head of History and Professor of Twentieth Century History at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum

The Museum tells the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. The Museum is a war memorial for the province of Auckland and holds one of New Zealand’s top three heritage libraries. It has pre-eminent Maori and Pacific collections, significant natural history resources and major social and military history collections, as well as decorative arts and pictorial collections   

The Charles Skey Charitable Trust

The Trust has provided support to help create the Lives of the First World War Teachers Hub.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Our Purpose:  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission maintains the graves and memorials of the 1.7 million Commonwealth servicemen and women who died during the two world wars.  It also holds and updates an extensive and accessible records archive.

Geographic Spread:  The Commission operates in over 23,000 locations in 153 countries across all continents except for Antarctica.


First World War Centenary Battlefields Programme

This award-winning programme is delivered by the UCL Institute of Education and Equity, who offer a unique and powerful partnership of education and travel expertise.

The programme is designed to provide the opportunity for a minimum of two students and one teacher from every state funded secondary school in England to visit battlefields on the Western Front between 2014 and 2019. The battlefield tours are a key part of the Government's plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The Great War Forum

The Great War Forum is acknowledged as the premier website for discussing WW1. Its help is credited in many publications. Membership is free, and the GWF‘s many enthusiasts have an unparalleled range of expertise, and interests encompassing all aspects of the conflict. Search 1.5 million posts, or ask a question and this dedicated community will usually supply an answer.

HSBC Archives

Founded in 1865 to finance trade between Asia and the West, today HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations serving some 52 million customers.

HSBC have digitised four thousand records of staff who left the Midland Bank to serve in the war. Bank volunteers have transcribed them and these records now form part of Lives of the First World War. HSBC are proud to support this important programme.

In From the Cold Project

The In From the Cold Project was formed to research and identify all service personnel missing from the official Commonwealth War Graves Commission list of casualties from both world wars and to have them added to the official commemoration records.

Over 3,000 such ‘forgotten’ casualties have been found to date and the work continues to ensure that the sacrifice of these men and women is properly recognised.

Library and Archives Canada

The Library and Archives Canada’s mandate is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions..

The Long, Long Trail

The Long, Long Trail is owned, designed, built and written by Chris Baker. He is a freelance military historian and battlefield guide, former Chairman of the Western Front Association and founder of the Great War Forum. The site is all about the soldiers, units, regiments and battles of the British Army of the First World War and is aimed at assisting family and military historians alike.

The National Archives

The National Archives is a government department and an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice. They incorporate the Office of Public Sector Information and Her Majesty's Stationery Office. They also perform the Historical Manuscripts Commission's functions in relation to private records. As the government's national archive for England, Wales and the United Kingdom, they hold over 1,000 years of the nation's records for everyone to discover and use.

National Archives of Australia

The National Archives of Australia can best be described as the memory of the nation – collecting, preserving and providing access to important Australian Government records. Its collection traces events and decisions that have shaped the nation and the lives of Australians. Visitors are welcome to explore the collection, online or in person, to learn more. Within the collection are the individual defence service records of the hundreds of thousands of Australian men and women who served their country during World War I. These have been digitised and are among the most widely used records in the National Archives collection. .

National Archives of Ireland

Occupying a key position in the cultural and intellectual life of the nation, the National Archives holds the records of the modern Irish State which document its historical evolution and the creation of Irish national identity. In keeping with their Mission Statement, they secure the preservation of records relating to Ireland which warrant preservation as archives and ensure that appropriate arrangements are made for public access to archives.

In preparation for the Great War Centenary, aims to provide a substantial introduction to the war at sea, largely based on contemporary accounts.This includes Royal Navy chronologies, official histories, campaign and battle maps, London Gazette despatches, casualties, honours and awards, battle summaries, shiplists and the log books of over 300 warships of the WW1-era.

The Pearce CO Register

The Pearce CO Register has been compiled by Cyril Pearce, former Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds. It is the product of a research project to identify those men from Britain, 'Conscientious Objectors', who refused to fight for 'King and Country' in the First World War. Growing as the research continues, it currently contains over 16,500 entries.

Photo Legacy

Save Photo is one of the UK's leading photographic digitisation specialists for the heritage sector. Our highly experienced staff of professionally trained technicians manage all aspects of high quality digital asset creation including digitisation, indexing, meta-data capture, digital restoration and digital rights management. Save Photo's general public service called Photo Legacy delivers the same high quality digitisation services Online and via many well known retailers such as Boots and Tesco.

Visit Flanders

The official tourist board for Flanders, the northern region of Belgium. From 1914 to 1918 Flanders Fields was a major battle theatre in the First World War. A million soldiers from more than 50 different countries were wounded, missing or killed in action here. Today, the peaceful region still bears witness to this history in monuments, museums, cemeteries and the countless individual stories that link it with the world.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live

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