Earlier this year, we at the UK Web Archive were delighted to reach an agreement with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to enable the archiving of a very large and significant set of websites relating to the Centenary of the First World War.
Throughout the Centenary and beyond, we will be working with the HLF in order to take archival copies of the websites of all HLF-funded First World War Centenary projects, and to make them available to users in the Open UK Web Archive. The first of these archived sites are already available in the First World War special collection but we hope that this will eventually lead to more than 1,000.
HLF is funding First World War projects throughout the Centenary, ranging from small community projects to major museum redevelopments. Grants start at ÂŁ3,000 and funding is available through four different grants programmes: First World War: then and now (grants of ÂŁ3,000 - ÂŁ10,000), Our Heritage (grants of ÂŁ10,000 - ÂŁ100,000), Young Roots (Grants of ÂŁ10,000 - ÂŁ50,000 for projects led by young people) and Heritage Grants (grants of more than ÂŁ100,000).
Include your website
If you have HLF funding for a First World War Centenary project, please send the URL (web address) to FWWURL@hlf.org.uk with your project reference number.
If you have a UK-based WW1 website NOT funded by HLF we would still encourage you to add it for permanent archiving through our Nominate form.
This set of archived websites will form a key part of our wider Centenary collection, and capture an important legacy of this most significant of anniversaries.
By Jason Webber, Web Archiving Engagement and Liaison Officer, The British Library