Britain Remembers: The First World War Project Map

During the centenary of the First World War, thousands of volunteers across the country will be working on different ways to remember those who lived, worked and fought during 1914-1918.

There are hundreds of projects already in progress – some big, some small, but all deserving recognition.

Here at Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine? we have decided to create a central map where people can find out about projects near them or where their ancestors lived.

We’ll be publicising new additions to the map in the magazine, in our weekly newsletter and using Facebook and Twitter throughout the next four years, so be sure to add your projects and bookmark this page.

To add your project, click on the '+' button in the top right-hand corner of the map


Which projects are included?

The aim of the Britain Remembers map is to showcase First World War projects run principally by volunteers. This includes projects managed by archives but where the main body of work is done by volunteers, or projects that have been awarded a grant by Heritage Lottery Fund but where most of the work has been done by volunteers.

Who chooses which project to add?

All of the projects on this map have been added by those who worked on the project. Projects can be an event, an exhibition, a memorial, a website or even a local walk. As long as it relates to the First World War and is principally a volunteer project, it can be added.

How can I find a project near me?

Click on ‘Search’ in the top right-hand corner of the map and enter the name of a location or project in the search form. The form also offers a ‘Map Select location’ option, which enables you to click on the map and find projects near your chosen coordinates.

How can I add my project?

To submit details of your project, click on the '+' button (in the top right-hand corner of the map) and a dialogue box will pop up. Fill out the entry form, making sure that you have given your project a name and specified its location – either by typing in an address or using the ‘Map Select a location’ option.

At the bottom of the box, you need to select one of four marker types from the drop-down menu:

  • Archive: Choose this if the project is being overseen by an archive and the main research is happening at the facility itself (marker should be on top of archive)
  • Group: Choose this option if the project is being run by a family or local history society or by a similar group (marker should be on top of group’s headquarters or the place the research concerns)
  • Independent: Choose this if you are running your own project – perhaps researching the names on your local war memorial or researching local experiences during the war (marker should on top of place the research concerns)
  • Event: Choose this for any events or exhibitions, but don’t forget to include an address and dates (marker should be on top of venue)

Once you have selected the marker type, add a short description of your project and contact information by clicking on the ‘Details’ tab. Photos, videos and audio clips can also be uploaded by selecting the ‘Media’ tab.

How can I change an entry?

When you hit ‘Submit’, a pop-up window should appear containing a long URL that begins with – make sure you note this down, or copy and paste it somewhere you'll be able to find it again. If you need to amend your entry, you will need to visit this address and follow the instructions.

Alternatively, you can send an email to with full details of what needs to be changed.

Why are there no projects near me?

The number of entries on this map will grow over the course of the next few years. If you can’t see anything listed now, visit again in a few months’ time. And if you hear of a local project that is not listed, then please add it or suggest that someone working on the project adds it.


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