Remembering the First World War in 10 objects

Few families in Britain were unaffected by the First World War. Many still have letters, photographs, diaries and other family mementos from the period. This paper gives examples of the types of memorabilia that are found in attics and bottom drawers in homes both in Britain and abroad.

The selection is drawn from the collections of images and stories brought together by digitisation initiatives held across Britain and Europe, such as the Great War Archive and Europeana 1914-1918. The selection is not created to give a complete and comprehensive account of the war or the people affected by it, but has been put together mainly to offer some context and comments to help you explore and appreciate this part of our shared history.