From the office: Add your WW1 project to our map!

By Jon Bauckham, 19 February 2014 - 11:10pm

Staff writer Jon Bauckham discusses the Britain Remembers project and why he's looking forward to seeing more pins added to the map

Thursday 20 February 2014

Jon Bauckham, staff writer
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With Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014 starting today, it’s difficult to believe just how quickly the year is going. I suppose the main problem with this is that I keep looking across to my calendar and see that all my deadlines are getting closer!

However, another big date drawing nearer is 4 August 2014, which will mark 100 years since Britain entered the First World War. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few months, you will have noticed that it’s certainly a hot topic – from newspapers to TV documentaries, coverage of this important anniversary is already well underway.

However, you might not be aware of the hundreds of archives, family history societies, community groups and individuals who are each planning to mark the centenary in their own unique way.

When putting together the news pages of the magazine, we have been lucky to hear about these projects and the impressive amount of work that has been going into them. But it got to a stage where we started to lose track and realised that there was no single page on the internet where they were listed together.

That’s why we came up with the idea to start Britain Remembers, which launches today. It’s such a simple idea that we’re surprised no one had thought of it before us! Free and easy to use, the resource enables you to share details of your First World War research projects by ‘pinning’ them directly on to a virtual map.

No matter how big or small your project, you can add a full description, contact details, web address and even a photograph. Colour-coded for clarity, you can also use the map to publicise any upcoming events or exhibitions.

Over the next four years, we’re aiming to get as many pins on the map as possible. Not only will it act as a platform for volunteers to promote their work, but we also hope that it will allow genealogists to connect with each other and get help with researching the topics most relevant to them.

Although Britain Remembers 'officially' went live today, we were lucky enough to test it out earlier this week and get some pins on the map in advance. With projects all the way from Glastonbury to Brora in the Scottish Highlands, it’s already looking promising!

There’s far too many to mention in this blog post, but I’m keen to follow the progress of a great initiative to put bronze poppies on the houses of soldiers from Washington, Tyne and Wear, as well as plans to research a hospital camp back in my hometown of Eastbourne, East Sussex.

No matter what your project entails, we’d love you to give it a try and add your pin today. If we each contribute towards the map, together we can build a comprehensive resource that people across the world – not just in Britain – can return to over and over again.

There may be some teething problems, so let me know if you have any trouble by sending an email to jon.bauckham@immediate.co.uk. Good luck!

Anyway, I'm off to catch a train to Who Do You Think You Are? Live now, but I'll hopefully see some of you there...

 

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