A collection of the University's modern involvement with World War One; spanning academic research, teaching materials as well as our digital database of manuscripts & artefacts from the Great War.
We are raising £80,000 to train local communities across the UK to run digital collection days.
Henry ‘Harry’ Moseley was an exceptionally promising young English physicist. His work on the X-ray spectra of the elements provided a new foundation for the Periodic Table and contributed to the development of the nuclear model of the atom. Yet his life and career were cut short when he was killed in 1915, aged 27, in action at Gallipoli, Turkey.
Podcasts are now online for all four of the series of special lectures held at the Rothermere American Institute
Collections of objects and archives from the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry and the Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars.
Released to mark the centenary of the First World War, the Pitt Rivers Trails app uses audio and text descriptions to highlight interesting artefacts on display.
Bodleian Library Publishing has published a number of WW1 books related to their collections.
Can we write a history of war through the words that are used? If so, what might this reveal?
A group of local volunteers has researched the lives of the 66 men from St Matthew’s, Grandpont, who died in the First World War and whose names are inscribed on the church memorial.
The Centre for Hidden Histories is one of five World War One Engagement Centres, established by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Globalising and Localising the Great War brings together a community of researchers at Oxford who study the War, and beyond the period 1914-18, in a global context. By creating funded doctoral scholarships and post-doctoral posts over the course of the centenary, this initiative reflects the determination at Oxford to ensure that the years 2014-18 are marked by ground-breaking research and fresh insights by a new generation of scholars.
The Great War Archive is an online collection of photographs, letters, diaries and other memorabilia shared by the general public. Every item originates from, or relates to, someone's experience of the First World War, either abroad or at home. Material was collected via a special website and also through a series of open days at libraries and museums, using the Oxford Community Collection Model which has since been adopted by various other initiatives.
The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is a rich online collection of material by and about the Great War poets. The heart of the archive are the collections of highly valued primary material from major poets of the period, supplemented by a set of specially developed educational resources, all available for free to the public and the educational community.
World War I Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings makes a rich variety of materials available under a set of cross-disciplinary themes that seek to reappraise the War in its cultural, social, geographical and historical contexts. The growing collection includes expert articles, audio and video lectures, downloadable images, interactive maps and ebooks that are all freely available for global reuse.
Europeana 1914-1918 is an international initiative collecting and displaying photographs, letters, diaries and other material relating to the First World War held by the general public. The project, which now makes available over 150,000 digital items, is using the Oxford Community Collection Model with input, training and support from the University of Oxford.
Oxford at War brings together stories, images and other material relating to Oxford during the period of the First World War. The growing collection will contain material shared by members of the public, colleges, departments, societies and others. Anyone who holds stories, photographs, letters, diaries or other memorabilia is welcome to upload their material through the website.
The University of Oxford Roll of Service contains the list of 14,561 members of the University who served in the army or navy during the War. "We print them now, with reverence and affection… in this final Roll, as a tribute from the university to the dearest of her sons." See the original manuscript here.
Read 'Oxford and the First World War', a chapter written by J M Winter which appears in 'The History of the University of Oxford: Volume VIII: The Twentieth Century', Brian Harrison, 1994, Oxford Scholarship Online.
The Oxford World War I Centenary Programme has been established to facilitate the exchange of information on commemoration activities in the lead up to, and over, the 100th anniversary of the War. The programme has been set up by The Bodleian Libraries and the University of Oxford IT Services, who are both involved in large centenary projects.
This Ashmolean online exhibition marks Remembrance Day 2014 and the centenary of the First World War. It includes a range of images that reveal the effects of the war on soldiers and civilians alike, as seen through the eyes of contemporary artists.
Listen to this fascinating audio walking tour to learn about Oxford’s largely forgotten role in the first global conflict of the 20th Century. Running time approx. 90-110 minutes depending on pace.
28th October to 26th November 2017 - Passchendaele: 100 years on - Blackwell Hall, Weston Library
Monday 6th November - The Indian Army in the First World War: an Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire perspective - a touring exhibition starting at Wycombe Museum
Friday 10th November 2017, 2.00-5.00pm - Lest We Forget: World War One Collection Day - Rumble Museum at Cheney School
Saturday 11th November 2017, 2.00pm - World War One Walking Tour - Museum of the History of Science
Tuesdays: 6th February - 13th March, 11.00am - 12.30pm - The Great War and its aftermath: 1918-1922 - A 6-lecture series, Applications being accepted - Department for Continuing Education
Thursday 12th April to Sunday 15th April 2018 - Christ Church Special Interest Event; Their War and Ours; The Impact of the Great War on Society - Christ Church
Tuesdays: 17th April - 19th June, 2.00pm - 4.00pm - The Origins and Outbreak of the First World War - A 10-week course, Applications being accepted - Department for Continuing Education
Tuesday 9th May , 4pm - America and the Treaty of Versailles - Public lecture, Professor Margaret MacMillan, St Antony’s College, Rothermere American Institute
Thursday 18th May, 7:30pm - The Battle of the Somme & Symphony No. 3 - screening of the original 1916 film, Sheldonian Theatre
Tuesday 25th April, 4pm - The Nye Commission and America’s Entry into World War One - Public lecture, Dr Christopher Capozzola, MIT, Rothermere American Institute
Friday 17th March, 6pm - Meeting in No Man’s Land - Film screening, Ruskin School of Art, Bullingdon Road studios
Tuesday 7th February, 4pm - "Deeds Not Words": American Social Justice Movements and World War One - Public Lecture, Professor Jennifer Keene (Chapman University), Rothermere American Institute
Tuesday 28th February, 4pm - ‘O Say Can You See?' Art, Propaganda and the First World War - Public lecture, Professor David Lubin (Wake Forest University), Rothermere American Institute
10th and 11th November, The 9th Conference of the International Society for First World War Studies, War Time
12 November, WWI Roadshow - share your family memories and local history
3rd October, Talk - We Will Not Fight - The Old Museum, Museum of Oxford
10th and 11th September, Oxford Open Doors Weekend
15th September. Talk - Port Meadow: The Forgotten Aerodrome
8th August, Oxford 1914-1918 Family Day - The Old Museum, Museum of Oxford
3rd July, Oxford in the Great War walking tour, Museum of the History of Science
10th July from 2pm, ‘Through the Lens: Oxfordshire and the First World War’ exhibition plus an afternoon of family friendly activities, the Oxford Castle Quarter, Key Learning Centre. See also http://fetedaythings.tumblr.com/
Wednesday 13th July, “‘No joke, that': the Allied military campaign in North Russia, 1917-1920" - talk by Chris Baker. SOFO Museum
16th July, Film Screening: The Battle of the Somme, Pitt Rivers Museum
16th July - 8th October 2016, Exhibition - Oxford's Great War - Museum of Oxford
16th July - 8th October 2016, Oxford 1914-1918 Family Gallery Trail
16th July, Talk - 66 Men of Grandpont 1914-18. The Old Museum, Museum of Oxford
Thursday 5th November, 5.30-7pm, Poetic Battlefields: The First World War in Poetry, Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda's College
Tuesday 10th November, 2-5pm, 'Wikipedia: World War 1 edit-a-thon', IT services course, 13 Banbury Rd
Saturday 19th September, 12-4pm, 'Big Draw: X-Ray line', family friendly, Museum of the History of Science
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 - Saturday 16th January 2016, 'Artists Under Fire', exhibition, Ashmolean Museum Broadway
Saturday 26th September, 1-4pm, 'Remembering the Great War', public reminiscence day, Museum of the History of Science
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August, 12-4pm, 'Signals and Semaphores', family friendly, Museum of the History of Science
Tuesday 25th August, 'Harry's Nobel Prize', public lecture, Museum of the History of Science
Saturday 13th June, 10.30am-5.30pm, 'Physics and the Great War', 1 day conference, St Cross College, University of Oxford
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