Europeana 1914-1918 is based on an initiative at the University of Oxford where people across Britain were asked to bring family letters, photographs and keepsakes from the War to be digitised. The success of the idea – which became the Great War Archive – has encouraged Europeana, Europe's digital archive, library and museum, to bring other national institutions across Europe into an alliance with Oxford University. The collaboration brings European stories online alongside their British, German, Slovenian, Luxembourgian, Irish, etc. counterparts in a World War One stories collection.

Click here to view press mentions about the project and Family History Roadshows

What we are doing

The project is collecting memorabilia and stories from the period of the Great War (1914-1918). This phase of the project is focussing on European items: letters, postcards, photographs and stories from Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland, Slovenia and the UK. Contributions can be made in two ways:

1. Europeana 1914-1918 website - add a picture of the item or type in the story online.
2. At Family History Roadshows - bring the item(s) to the event where project staff will photograph the items and record the stories that go with them

Europeana 1914-1918 Family History Roadshows

At the Family History Roadshows, members of the public are invited to bring their documents, artefacts and stories from the First World War to be recorded by the project staff. The stories and scanned or photographed images of the objects are then added to the archive.

Our Family History Roadshows began in Germany in 2011, and since then we have visited many more countries.

Family  History Roadshows for 2013:

  • Erfgoedcel Kempens Karakter - Herentals, Belgium, 14 December 2013
  • Martin, Slovakia, 13-14 December 2013
  • Košice, Slovakia, 6-7 December 2013
  • Bratislava, Slovakia, 29-30 November 2013
  • 100 venues, France, 11-16 November 2013
  • Bruges, Brussels, 10 November 2013
  • Bremen, Germany, 22 October 2013
  • Breendonk – fort Breendonk, Germany, 19 October 2013
  • Bochum, Germany, 18 October 2013
  • Aachen, Germany, 15 October 2013
  • Bonn, Germany, 12-13 October 2013
  • Erfgoedcel Kempens Karakter - CC Lier, Belgium, 12 October 2013
  • Cluj, Romania, 4-5 October 2013
  • Bucharest, Romania, 27-28 September 2013
  • Pordenone, Italy, 21 September 2013
  • Erfgoedcel Kerf - Balen, Belgium, 15 September 2013
  • Erfgoedcel Noorderkempen - Warande Turnhout, Belgium, 17 September 2013
  • Fort Monte Maso, Valli del Pasubio, Italy, 18 May 2013
  • Biblioteca Nazionale, viale Castro Pretoria 105, Italy, 15 May 2013
  • Antwerp, Belgium, 21 April 2013
  • Dublin National Library, Ireland, 21 March 2013
  • Fondazione Museo storico del Trentino, Forte di Cadine, Trento, Italy, 16 March 2013
  • Ljubljana City Library, Slovenia, 25 February 2013
  • Paphos, Cyprus, 6 February 2013

Roadshows have previously been held at the following locations:



Online story collection

The online story collection opened in March 2011. At the website, anyone can add their objects to the collection together with their stories. More information about how to add something to the collection can be found on the page. The objects that are submitted will be checked by the project team and then made available through Europeana.

Run your own Family History Roadshow


If you are interested in running your own Family History Roadshow to digitise and add material for Europeana 1914-1918, we can offer help and advice on how to do that, including the following documents (as .pdf files):

Please contact us via the email address for more information or if you are having problems accessing the documentation

Contact the project coordinator

Ad Pollé