Museum creates digital memories of the First World War

Published: Thursday, 12 April 2018

A First World War digital archive including images of museum objects and family stories relating to Northampton has been created by Northampton Museums and Art Gallery.

The archive can be found on Instagram and Flickr, where viewers can browse through a range of objects, photographs, documents and oral histories and share their stories and experiences with others.

It represents the final stage of a four year centenary project called Conflict and Community, which has included a major exhibition, community theatre experiences, family days, events and learning activities, all delivered in partnership with the Royal & Derngate.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for Community Engagement and Community Safety, said:
“I congratulate the efforts of all the volunteers and visitors that have engaged with the Conflict and Community Project, which showcases the diverse and interesting history of Northampton and its inhabitants.

“The digital archive will act as a memorial to all the men and women that worked on the home front and served on the front line during the First World War.”  

The archive was also made possible by support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Northampton Borough Council, the Historical Archive at Northampton General Hospital, Northamptonshire Yeomanry Museum Trust and Northamptonshire Regimental Museum.

Extensive social and military history collections associated with the First World War are also held at Abington Park Museum. The items illustrate life on the home front and the front line and provide an insight into the lives of soldiers from the Northamptonshire Regiment and Northamptonshire Yeomanry.

To access the digital archive, search conflict_and_community on both Flickr and Instagram, or visit www.northampton.gov.uk/museums for more information.