The First World War was a turning point in world history. It claimed the lives of over 16 million people across the globe and had an impact on the lives of everyone. One hundred years on, we are all connected to the First World War, either through our own family history, the heritage of our local communities or because of its long term impact on society and the world we live in today.

Across the world, nations, communities and individuals of all ages will come together to mark, commemorate and remember the lives of those who lived, fought and died in the First World War.

The National Archives is developing its own programme for the First World War centenary. We will present a rich programme of resources and interpretative activities to the public via our website and on site. We will share the information and progress with the sector in this section.

Imperial War Museums (IWM) is leading the First World War Centenary Partnership, a network of local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations.

Archives can sign up as members of the Centenary Partnership, and access the partnership website, This provides members with resources, news updates, alerts for events, and a network to see what others are up to. Current resources include a DIY exhibition kit, with text panels curated by the IWM, and designed for flexible use with your own collections and activities, media toolkits and funding alerts. New content is added continuously.