Untold Stories of the First World War


The exhibition ‘Untold stories’ is based on the personal stories and items that people contributed via the Europeana 1914-1918 project in Germany, UK, Ireland, Slovenia, Luxembourg and Denmark. This exhibition gives personal accounts from across Europe for the first time, based on stories and items contributed by the public.

Europeana would like to thank all contributors who shared their stories and memorabilia via the Europeana 1914-1918 project.

*Research and texts:
Alun Edwards, Stephen Bull, Frank Drauschke, Peter Englund, Jackie Storer, Everett Sharp, Lizzy Komen, Michelle van Duijn, Breda Karun, Katherine McSharry, Mikkel Christoffersen, Christine Kremer, Anna van den Broek.

This virtual exhibition is endorsed by renowned historian and WW1 author Peter Englund:

Peter Englund, born in 1957, is a Swedish historian (PhD, University of Uppsala, 1989) and Professor Emeritus of Narratology at the Stockholm Institute of Drama. He has written mainly on 17th- and 20th-century history – books that have been translated into 19 languages. His latest book is The Beauty and the Sorrow, which portrays World War One through the eyes of 20 individual participants and uses an experimental mode of narration. In 2003 he was elected into the Swedish Academy (the assembly which awards the Nobel Prize for Literature) and since 2009 holds the post as its Permanent Secretary. He has also worked as a war correspondent in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. He lives in Uppsala, Sweden, and is married with four children.

The Europeana 1914-1918 project collects people's digitised photographs, letters, diaries, photographs, film, recordings and objects such as trench art and souvenirs. In the run up to 2014 and the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, members of the public brought objects and their stories along to roadshows to be professionally digitised and added to the online archive, along with their corresponding descriptions. All material collected by the project is channelled into Europeana.

For more information about the project, collection days or how to contribute your own items: Europeana 1914-1918

All story texts in the exhibition are CC-BY-SA. All metadata in the exhibition is Public Domain.