Explore our collection of First World War records
We hold the official UK government records of the First World War, including a vast collection of letters, diaries, maps and photographs.
We will be marking the centenary of the war with an extensive programme, spanning a five-year period between 2014 and 2019.
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Unit war diaries
We've published more digitised unit war diaries on Discovery, including Indian infantry diaries.
Help us to tag our diaries
Operation War Diary is an exciting new crowdsourcing project – help us to unlock the data in our war diaries.
Explore ANZAC stories
See first-hand reports of Gallipoli and images from the time and join us as we uncover stories about the Australian and New Zealand contribution to the war effort.
- Late event - Archives at Night
Friday 15 May 18:30 - 21:30
- Talk - 'The Germans Are Here!' London’s first Zeppelin raid
Tuesday 26 May 14:00 - 15:00
My Tommy's War
My Tommy is my Born in Newport, South Wales, on 16 June, 1894, William Alfred Bale was the eldest child of dock worker William Humphrey Bale and his wife Mary...
From the beginning of the First World War, a range of women volunteered as nurses working close to the front line. Read their stories, touching, funny, and harrowing by turns.
Podcasts and videos
Use our podcasts and videos to help you explore our records of the First World War, from tracing battalions of the British Army to the Women's Land Army.