There are five First World War Engagement Centres. Clicking on one of the Centre logos on this page will take you to a more detailed description of what that Centre does, the topics it specialises in and how to contact it. You can also find a summary of the Centres’ expertise on the ‘Home’ page of this website.
All the Centres have online material to introduce their themes and suggest resources for exploring them further. You may find a direct match with your own interests or see something that intrigues you.
All the Centres welcome enquiries from individuals or groups wherever they are located. Every Centre has a first point of contact and someone will always reply. Depending on the query you might be put in touch with a researcher or pointed towards an online resource; you might choose to join the Centre’s mailing list to be kept up-to-date with activities, invited to events etc.
Some topics are covered by more than one Centre. Don’t worry too much if you can’t decide which Centre is most relevant to your interests or several seem to be appropriate. The Centres work together and we will pass your enquiry on if the most suitable person is elsewhere.
Children laying flowers at Shorncliffe Military Ceremony in Kent.
To find out more about childhood in the First World War contact Everyday Lives in War or Voices of War and Peace.
If you are interested in memorials and memory contact Gateways to the First World War.
British Army operating theatre at Wimereux, near Boulogne. Wellcome Library CC at 2.0.
If you are interested in the medical history of the First World War contact Gateways to the First World War.
Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala, inspecting a 12 inch howitzer of the Royal Garrison Artillery near Borre, 30 July 1918. © IWM (Q 6891)
If you are interested in the experiences of different ethnic, faith and national groups during the First World War contact the Hidden Histories engagement centre.
A cartoon depicting Conscientious Objectors in the First World War.
If you are interested in conscientious objection and military tribunals contact the Everyday Lives in War centre.
Recruits at the Whitehall Recruiting Office, London, August 1914. © IWM (Q 42033)
If you are interested in cities at war contact Voices of War and Peace.
To find out more about the military history of the war contact Gateways to the First World War.
The War Refugees’ Camp, Earl’s Court 1918 Henry Rushbury © IWM (Art.IWM ART 2449)
If you are interested in the experiences of refugees in the First World War contact the Centre for Hidden Histories.
Battle of the Lys. Group of elderly refugees from Merville, including a priest with a bicycle and elderly women wearing hats, trudging along the road from Merville. © IWM (Q 358)
For more information about migration and displacement during the First World War contact the Centre for Hidden Histories.
If you are interested in why and where people moved as a result of the war contact Living Legacies.
Ministry of Munitions poster. Courtesy of the National Archives.
If you are interested in gender and the home front contact Voices of War and Peace.
For more information about life on the home and fighting fronts contact Gateways to the First World War.