The Deputy Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, Günter Winands, launched Europeana 1914-1918 on the 28th January in Berlin. This is a major new collection of original material about the First World War and shows the tragedy that shaped Europe from different sides of the conflict.
Europeana 1914-1918 is the most important pan-European collection of original First World War source material. It is the result of three years of work by 20 European countries and includes:
- 400,000 rare documents digitised by 10 state libraries and two other partners in Europe
- 660 hours of unique film material digitised by audiovisual archives
- 90,000 personal papers and memorabilia of some 7,000 people involved in the war, held by their families and digitised at special events in 12 countries
Europeana 1914-1918 is full of original source material – digitised photographs, maps, diaries, newspapers, letters, drawings and other content that can be used by teachers, historians, journalists, students and interest groups to create new resources. Already, the site is providing content for a new exhibition called The First World War: Places of transition and a new multilingual educational site developed by the British Library in London.
See the press release about the launch: http://pro.europeana.eu/pressrelease/29jan