Europeana 14-18 – Remembering the First World War


Europeana 14-18 is a project funded under the Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme.

Europeana 1914-1918 will create by 2014 – the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War – a substantial digital collection of material from national library collections of ten libraries in eight countries that found themselves on different sides of the historic conflict. In the run-up to 2014 and in the following years, strong interest in the topic is expected from a wide variety of users – including the general public, local and family historians, education professionals, archives, museums and historical societies, people working in the media, the arts or in the tourism industry.

The project consortium will make available to Europeana 425.000 especially relevant items that will be selected with help from specialists and target user groups according to agreed quality criteria. They will span the full range of national library collections including books, newspapers, trench journals, maps, children’s literature, posters, pamphlets, propaganda leaflets, medals and coins. The digital collection will go far beyond any existing digital collection on the topic in terms of size, quality and diversity and make Europeana the first stop for quality content on the “Great War”.

The consortium will work to enlarge the network and encourage other memory institutions to contribute more relevant content. Europeana 1914-1918 will make a vast amount of sources available online for the first time – content that is often rare and highly fragile because of the deteriorating quality of the paper it was produced on and generally only accessible in reading rooms. The material will highlight the importance of WWI for a common European identity and be reflective of the different experiences of individuals and groups on all sides of the conflict including different ethnic, linguistic, political, social and religious communities and those opposed to the war.

Linked Documents:

  • England Collection Days Poster PDF, (source: Europeana Professional)
  • England Collection Days Brochure PDF, (source: Europeana Professional)



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Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Spk), Germania
Bibliotheque Nationale De France (Bnf), Francia
Bibliothèque Nationale Et Universitaire De Strasbourg (Bnu), Francia
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Di Roma (Bncrm), Italia
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Di Firenze (Bncf), Italia
Bibliotheque Royale De Belgique (Kbr), Belgio
The British Library, Regnounito<
Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Nationalbibliotek Og Kobenhavns, Universitetsbibliotek (Kb), Danimarca
Oesterreichische Nationalbibliothek (Onb), Austria
Narodna Biblioteka Srbije (Nls), Serbia
Humboldt-Universitat Zu Berlin (Uber), Germania
Istituto Centrale Per Il Catalogo Unico Delle Biblioteche Italiane (Iccu), Italia


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