The First World War Poetry Digital Archive

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is an online repository of over 7,000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research.

The heart of the archive consists of collections of highly valued primary material from major poets of the period, including Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, Robert Graves, Vera Brittain, and Edward Thomas. This is supplemented by a comprehensive range of multimedia artefacts from the Imperial War Museum, a separate archive of over 6,500 items contributed by the general public, and a set of specially developed educational resources.

Launched on 11th November 2008, the First World War Poetry Digital Archive built on the success of Oxford's 'Wilfred Owen Multimedia Digital Archive', and the 'Virtual Seminars for Teaching Literature' project (1996). The archive was one of 22 projects funded by the JISC Digitisation programme (Apr 2007 - Mar 2009) delivering high quality online content for use by the UK further and higher education communities. Further work was made possible through the JISC Enriching Digital Resources Programme (Oct 2008 - Sept 2009).

Freely available to the public as well as the educational community, the First World War Poetry Digital Archive is a significant resource for studying the First World War and the literature it inspired.

Read the project documentation here.