Please donate now to 'Lest We Forget'
On June 5th Oxford University launched a crowd-funding campaign to fund ‘Lest We Forget’, a proposed new community-based initiative to run during 2017-2018 to preserve materials held by the public dating from the First World War. Building on from the success of our ‘Great War Archive’ in 2008, a mass-digitisation project that attracted the direct submission of over 6,500 items (now available online), we want to go even further and rescue the many remaining traces of the war in attics, drawers, and cupboards in homes across the UK still waiting to be uncovered.
In 'Lest We Forget' schools, libraries, care homes, and community groups will be invited to partake in dedicated training events and then lead a local digital collection day for members of the public to share family material related to the First World War. Every item collected will then be published on November 11th 2018 on a free-to-use online database for children, scholars, and the wider public to promote understanding of the Great War, and secure the stories of those who lived through it.
However, we cannot achieve this alone: we aim to raise £80,000 to run the training, support volunteers from local communities across the UK, and to buy equipment for them to use. Please donate to this project and also help us to spread the word by following us on Twitter (@ww1centenary), and sharing our posts with colleagues, friends, and family.
The generation of 1914-1918 gave so much, we must not let their memory fade. Lest We Forget - saving the past for the future. Please donate now and spread the word.
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