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Worcestershire World War 100

Led by Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service (WAAS), this HLF project brings together the county of Worcestershire to involve communities in uncovering more about how the First World War impacted on every town, village and family across the county.

From stories of soldiers and their families, the impact of the conflict on healthcare in the county, to the role of local women on the home front, the project will offer the chance to learn about the technological, social, economic, political and medical developments in a time of trauma and crisis that still have influence on our lives today.

Organisations partnering with the WAAS include a range of local museums, some of which have a particular interest in the First World War and together they will host themed exhibitions at a variety of county-wide venues on subjects such as the battles of Gheluvelt, Neuve Chappelle and the Somme, the impact of the war on mental health, the role of notable people such as Vesta Tilley and Reverend Studdert-Kennedy, and life on the home front.

  • The Mayor and Worcester City Council
  • Museums Worcestershire
  • University of Worcester
  • Worcester Cathedral
  • Worcester Regimental Museum
  • Worcester Yeomanry Cavalry Museum Trust
  • George Marshall Medical Museum
  • The Infirmary (University of Worcester)
  • Tudor House, Worcester Museum of Local Life
  • Elgar Birthplace Museum
  • Avoncroft Museum
  • Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum

Mess Tin and leather belt  [The Infirmary, University of Worcester]The Infirmary is an interactive exhibition at the University of Worcester’s City Campus combining history, science, art and technology to explore the medical stories of one of England’s oldest infirmaries.

A mess tin is an important piece of equipment in every soldier’s kit. Lt. Col. G. H. Goddard’s served as a medical officer in World War 1 and his dented tin reminds us of its regular use. His family donated a rich collection of artefacts including camp bed, uniforms, books and medical instruments used. They help us paint a vivid picture of frontline activities for medical men in the war.

You can see the mess tin and a selection of Mr R Goddard’s donation at The Infirmary at University of Worcester’s City Campus.

Battenhall Mount VAD Hospital [George Marshall Medical Museum]George Marshall Medical Museum is home to a fascinating collection of artefacts which illustrate the way that medicine and health care have developed over the past 250 years. There is plenty to see in the Museum, including a collection of death masks, a reconstructed apothecary’s shop and a 19th century operating theatre. The Museum also holds a fascinating collection of medical books, photographs and oral histories.

This photograph was taken inside the Battenhall Mount VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) Hospital circa 1915-1917 after the first wounded soldiers arrived for their convalescence in the summer of 1915 from Shrub Hill station. This building is now a private school, and this particular room is now the school’s library. The photograph offers a unique glimpse into a single moment in time and gives us an excellent visual opportunity to begin to illustrate to members of the public what VAD hospitals might have looked like.

Cynthia Carlton Tank [Worcestershire Archives and Archaeology Service]Worcestershire Archives and Archaeology Service works to protect, preserve, manage, record, interpret and promote the history and historic environment of Worcestershire. All types of research on Worcestershire people and places can be undertaken using the comprehensive resources of the Historic Environment Record and our diverse archive collections.

Following the death of his son Laurence Barnard Carlton on 9 August 1915 in Turkey, his father Sir Arthur Carlton devoted his energies into raising money for the war. He raised money to purchase this tank ‘Cynthia Carlton’, which was driven through the streets of Worcester and after the war it was returned to the City. The tank is named after Laurence’s sister who was a Hollywood actress. The Carlton family owned a number of Theatre Royals across the country.

The image is taken from a collection of glass plate negatives from Worcester City Library, their provenance is unknown and they are part of a large, long term project to digitise the photographic holdings.


Wolverhampton City Archives

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Wolverhampton City Archives

In commemoration of the anniversary of the First World War, Wolverhampton City Archives are sharing the stories, images and details of the local men and women who were involved, both at home and abroad. These resources are being published on their blog Wolverhampton’s War – Lost Voices from the Great War.

Letters home from the trenches, diaries, newspaper entries and tales from school log books, all help to build up a picture of what people experienced during the Great War. Here are a couple of personal stories about Wolverhampton residents Jesse Hill and Maud Fellows, who were two victims of the Great War; one killed in the trenches, the other at home.

Photograph of Jesse Hill [WAVE: DX554]Jesse Hill was a 28-year-old fitter who lived in Wolverhampton’s Peel Street with his wife, Maggie and two children, Jesse and Harold. He enlisted on December 10th 1915 and joined the South West Borderers regiment.

Embroidered Postcard [WAVE: DX554]The Archives holds a number of items related to Jesse including some photos, letters and an embroidered postcard for ‘my dear children’.

Letter to Maggie Hill [WAVE: DX554/3/2]The collection also contains a letter sent to Maggie from a Sergeant Noble in February 1917 informing her that Jesse had been killed on January 29th. Sergeant Noble describes Jesse as ‘one of my most reliable men, always cheerful under adverse circumstances and indeed a great credit to me’. Maggie’s response can also be found in the collection in which she thanks Noble for writing to her and agrees that ‘it was best to tell me the truth than keep me waiting in suspense’. Maggie also asks if Noble can tell her whether Jesse ‘was killed outright or wether [sic] he lived only for a few moments to enable him to say a few words about his home and family’. The letter was returned to Maggie, which suggests that she never received her answer.

Jesse Hill's 'Small Book' [WAVE: DX554/1]The family believed that Jesse was killed by bullet fire and the damage visible on Jesse’s small book seems to indicate this was the case.


Coroner's Report for Maud Fellows, 15 February 1916 [WAVE: T/CR/1916]Maud Fellows was in her twenties when she was killed during one of the Zeppelin attacks on the Black Country. A 24-year-old domestic servant from Bradley near Bilston, she was out walking with her sweetheart, William, one evening in January 1916 when they ‘heard something like thunder and lightning’ and had taken shelter  at a place on the canal side. A witness describes how the bomb caused all the roof slates of a nearby building to fall off and a massive hole five feet deep in the tow path. William was killed outright but Maud was still alive. She was taken to Wolverhampton Hospital and treated by a Dr Hannah Grace Moreland but sadly died on the 12th of February of septicaemia caused by her injuries.

Coroner's Inquest for Maud Fellows, 15 February 1916 [WAVE: T/CR/1916]The Coroner’s Inquest records that the jury were of the opinion that ‘that the Kaiser and the Crown Prince are guilty of the murder of Maud Fellows as accessories before the fact’.


For more stories from the archives, go to Wolverhampton’s War – Lost Voices from the Great War.

Birmingham and WW1: Highlights from Birmingham History Galleries Birmingham and WW1: Highlights from Birmingham History Galleries Birmingham and WW1: Highlights from Birmingham History Galleries Birmingham Museums Trust

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Birmingham and WW1: Highlights from Birmingham History Galleries

Birmingham its people, its history draws upon the city’s unique and world class collections to bring Birmingham’s history to life. There are five galleries to explore, tracing the development of Birmingham from a small medieval settlement to a city of global significance.

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Wolverhampton Art Gallery Wolverhampton Art Gallery

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Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Wolverhampton Art Gallery holds a range of objects that relate to the First World War, from embroidered postcards that kept a connection between the Home Front and the trenches, to paintings and drawings that reflect upon it both immediately and many years after its end.

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Here you will find links to local and national online resources on the First World War.


Birmingham Museums manages the museum sites and collections of Aston Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Blakesley Hall, Museum Collections Centre, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House, Thinktank and Weoley Castle.

Birmingham Museums

Birmingham Museums Trust

Birmingham Museums Sound Archive

Birmingham Museums WW1 Flickr Gallery

The University of Birmingham is undertaking many initiatives to mark the First World War’s centenary. The university now has one of the largest war studies departments in the country and the Cadbury Research Library is digitising thousands of photos from WWI to be used in a series of exhibitions.

University of Birmingham

Copyright Cadbury Research Library


  • Lest We Forget
    Online version of ‘Original’; the University of Birmingham’s flagship research magazine. The ‘Lest We Forget’ edition focuses on the centenary.
  • Forward 100: Birmingham At War
    A joint project between BBC Birmingham and the University of Birmingham, to mark the First World War centenary, to form an interactive exhibition in BBC Birmingham’s Public Space.


At WAVE’s four venues, you can explore 300 years of art at Wolverhampton Art Gallery or enjoy a free family workshop at Bilston Craft Gallery, step back 100 years at Bantock House Museum, or find out more about the city’s rich history at Wolverhampton City Archives.

WAVE Museums, Galleries and Archives of Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton's War Blog


Led by Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service (WAAS), Worcestershire World War 100 HLF project brings together the county of Worcestershire to involve communities in uncovering more about how the First World War impacted on every town, village and family across the county.

Worcestershire World War 100
Worcestershire World War 100

  • Highlights from Worcestershire Collections
    From stories of soldiers and their families, the impact of the conflict on healthcare in the county, to the role of local women on the home front, the project will offer the chance to learn…

Supported by over 500 historical sources from across Europe, the British Library resource examines key themes in the history of World War One. There is a wealth of original source material, over 50 newly commissioned articles written by historians, teachers’ notes and more to discover how war affected people on different sides of the conflict.

British Library World War One Website

British Library World War One Themes

  • British Library World War One Themes
    Themes include: Origins, outbreak and conclusions; Race, empire and colonial troops; Civilians; Propaganda; Representation and memory; and Historical debates.

British Library World War One Collections

The BBC has released a number of online resources to encourage children to think about what life was like during wartime. You can access these resources, plus interactive guides and more, through the BBC’s centenary website.

BBC iWonder Interactive Guides

  • iWonder Interactive Guides
    Discover the BBC’s first interactive guides to WW1 curated by experts and BBC Talent – allowing you to explore new perspectives on the war.

BBC WW1 Primary School Resources

BBC Secondary School Resources

  • BBC World War One at Home
    The BBC has partnered with IWM and the AHRC to produce a growing collection of stories that show how WW1 affected the people and places of the UK and Ireland, including themes on Women Trailblazers and Working for the War. Also see the World War One at Home Tour of live events around the UK until September 2014.

Europeana 1914-1918 mixes resources from libraries and archives across the globe with memories and memorabilia from families throughout Europe. Explore stories, films and historical material about the First World War and contribute your own family history.

Europeana 1914-1918

Europeana Postcards

  • Europeana 1914-1918 Resources
    Browse original source material from across Europe, from diaries and letters to official documents, photographs and postcards. Subjects include Remembrance, Propaganda, Women, Trench Life, Prisoners of War, Aerial and Naval Warfare, and the Fronts.

Europeana 1914-1918 Films


To mark the First World War Centenary, IWM is leading the First World War Centenary Partnership and Programme and has created a range of online initiatives, making all types of digital assets available.

Imperial War Museums

Imperial War Museum learning resource

  • Recruitment and Conscription
    A selection of objects from across IWM collections to help you understand more about the issue of recruitment and conscription in the UK and overseas during the First World War.

Imperial War Museum learning resource

  • The Empire Called to Arms
    A selection of objects from across IWM collections to help you understand more about different nationalities and their contribution to the First World War.

Imperial War Museum learning resource

  • Life in the Trenches
    A selection of objects from across IWM collections to help you understand more about living and fighting in the trenches.

Wales Remembers 1914-1918  is the official site for information on how Wales will mark the centenary of the First World War in Wales. It provides a focal point for information on the latest news, projects, events and signposting services for the programme of commemoration which will take place in Wales from 2014 to 2018.

Wales Remembers 1914-1918

Cymru 1914

  • Cymru 1914
    Digitised primary sources relating to the First World War from the Libraries, Special Collections and Archives of Wales. The digital collection reveals the often hidden history of the First World War as it impacted all aspects of Welsh life, language and culture.
  • National Museum of Wales programme of exhibitions, events and publications.
  • Peoples Collection Wales website provides services and a website for you to share your memories of Wales in photographs, sound recordings, documents, videos and stories.

    Other Websites of Note
    • Africans and West Indians at War is supported by the HLF and the project website showcases galleries of photographs, drawings and paintings of West Indian and African soldiers and their equipment.
    • Beyond the Trenches aims to help bring together the many strands of research being undertaken on the World War and its legacy and to prompt discussion and debate.
    • The British Council presents findings from an international survey in seven countries (Egypt, France, Germany, India, Turkey, Russia and the UK) carried out by YouGov in its report on the First World War. It explores people’s perceptions and knowledge about the First World War and highlights the truly global nature of the conflict and its lasting legacy. The report also identifies that international perceptions of the UK today are, in part, still influenced by Britain’s role in the First World War.
    • British Pathé began recording every aspect of global culture and news since the invention of the moving image in the 1890s. All 85,000 newsreels are now searchable and viewable on YouTube. This equates to 3,500 hours of filmed history.
    • British Red Cross has a searchable database of WW1 volunteers and Red Cross hospitals. The website also has an abundance of information on what the Red Cross did during the war, auxiliary hospitals, and volunteers including famous names such as Agatha Christie.
    • Choices Then and Now is a WW1 centenary project organised by the Peace Museum in Bradford, designed for teachers, community groups and those working in the museum, heritage and voluntary sectors. The website provides a platform for exploring days that changed the world, choices then and now and the sharing of ideas, learning achievements, hidden histories and untold stories.
    • Commonwealth War Graves Commission website commemorates the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars. Their Register records details of Commonwealth war dead so that graves or names on memorials can be located.
    • Historypin is a global community collaborating around history and is a way for millions of people to come together, from across different generations, cultures and places, to share small glimpses of the past and to build up the huge story of human history.
    • Jewish Artists and the First World War, Ben Uri Gallery. In this collection are two essays and eight profiles of Jewish artists from the First World War period, written and curated by the Ben Uri Art Gallery and Museum.
    • National WW1 Memorial & Museum in collaboration with the United States World War One Commission have produced WW1 Education Resources, including primary sources from around the world that you can use for free to help educate others about the First World War, and online exhibitions.
    • People’s History Museum Manchester, have a downloadable guide relating to WW1 material in the archive.
    • Quakers in Britain has produced WW1 school resources; a learning guide on ‘Conscience‘ aimed at primary schools and another on ‘Conviction‘ for secondary schools.
    • Remembering World War I: A Research and Learning Collection from Routledge brings together a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives to help shine light on World War I in its political, military, cultural, economic, geographical and human dimensions. Includes interviews, journals, and a reading list.
    • Scotland’s War project has its origins in Edinburgh’s War 1914-1919, a University of Edinburgh funded initiative which ran from 2008-20014. The content from Edinburgh’s War has now been integrated into this website. Scotland’s War welcomes contributions on any information relating to Scotland and the Scots in WW1 and its aftermath.
    • UK Association for the History of Nursing aims to promote the development and advancement of Nursing History. This is achieved through scholarly work and public outreach. Further, the Association brings together individuals and associations in order to provide mutual support and opportunities for collaboration.
    • University of Glasgow World War One Commemoration lists resources for WW1 study by highlighting relevant university and personal collections and a link to the University’s Roll of Honour that features those who served.
    • Women’s Work by Women & Theatre explored the experiences of female factory workers during WWI, specifically those in the small arms sector. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Women & Theatre worked with members of the Small Heath community in Birmingham to develop the project. Participants went on a journey to research and develop a theatre production and touring exhibition that brought to light the ups and downs of life for those women who toiled in armaments and munitions factories on the Home Front.
    • War Archives is a YouTube gold mine of military footage, including some wonderfully rare war reels too, all taken from the colossal archive British Pathé. From the Boer War to the World Wars to the Cold War; Pathé News captured many of the most momentous events in 20th century war history.


    TV and Radio Programmes
    • God and the Great War is a Radio 3 programme in which Frank Cottrell Boyce explores the impact of the First World War on religious belief and practice on the military front and at home. Broadcast on Sunday 9 November 2014 and available online for a year.
    • What can today’s soldiers learn from WW1? is a BBC iWonder programme presented by Dr Jonathan Boff, Centre for War Studies, Department of History, University of Birmingham; a member of the Voices research network.


    Research Papers, Articles, Learning Guides, Exhibition Panels, etc.