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Digital memories

April 1st, 2008 by Graham Attwell

From the Jisc web site: “Oxford University is launching a web site to allow members of the public to submit digital photographs or transcripts of items they personally hold which are related to the First World War. This ‘Great War Archive’ site will run for three months and aims to collect together artefacts, letters, diaries, poems, stories that have been passed down from generation to generation reflecting the true experience of the First World War but which are now in danger of being lost.This resource, which will subsequently be made available free of charge on the web from Armistice Day this year (November 11th), is being collected as part of Oxford University’s First World War Poetry Digital Archive project. The JISC-funded project is based on the 10-year old award winning web site which digitised the poetical manuscripts, letters, and war records of Wilfred Owen.”

Great idea. But even better would be if it was not just memories from the UK but from every country afflicted by that terrible war. I know there are many German readers of this blog. Has anyone any ideas they can contribute?

2 Responses to “Digital memories”

  1. I am sure you already know about this blog http://wwar1.blogspot.com/ but it is always worth mentioning it again!
    It is a quite inspiring way of inspiring pupils to learn about History! 🙂

    One of the ideas that has already crossed my mind about creating “realia” and have the kids engaging with real content and historical facts is to connected them with the elderly, who lived that same past. And have them blogging and (photo)story-telling about it.

    I know of some blogs and bloggers who have started something which could easily be converted and canalized to something more didactic.
    Maria Amelia- the oldest blogger blogging http://amis95.blogspot.com/ – does talk about the Spanish Historical past from time to time.
    And a group of Naval Officers in Portugal decided to continue their navigations – now virtually – after they retired http://blogueoc.blogspot.com/ . They also talk about their experiences in the colonies sometimes.

    Now….wouldn’t it be grand to join different generations and learn all about contemporary History from those who, in one way or another, took part in it?
    Wouldn’t it be bridging another gap of our society?
    I can already see a project on story telling being developed around this motto! 🙂

    …dreaming … as usual!

  2. ahahahaha!
    Have just noticed that all blog links provided in my comment are from blogger.com

    I wonder if google would be willing to finance such project! LOL

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