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Lest We Forget

Dr. Stuart Lee, Project Leader for Lest We Forget, had a realization: "few people in Britain were unaffected by the [First World] War." This realization inspired the resource, on a mission to preserve and memorialize this history. From photographs to letters to memorabilia, the site features mementos of the War in a way that feels both informative and symbolic. While the online Archive is no longer accepting submissions, users can enjoy the hundreds of items already cataloged. Under Archive, visitors can explore all the catalogued items, use a map to navigate, or Browse by Collection (such as Chesney School Oxford and Faringdon Town Council). The archive also has an advanced search feature, accessible after selecting any of the three previous options, that allows users to filter by class, value, and item set. Additionally, visitors may want to explore other archives mentioned on the site. For example, on the About page on the archive, users will find a link to the Europeana 1914-1918 collection. This project has a similar aim: "to collect material that relates to the Great War and those involved in or affected by it." Similarly, scrolling to the bottom of the Home page, users will find a link to a Cabinet collection, Remembering the First World War in 10 Objects. Lest We Forget is a collaboration between Oxford University, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
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2020-03-13
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