Frequently Asked Questions
What is ‘Lest We Forget’?
‘Lest We Forget’ is a project that aims to empower local organisations (schools, local history groups, community centres) to run Digital Collection Days. The idea is that at such a day members of the community will bring in material they own related to the First World War for it to be digitised (a digital photo is taken). The digitised material will then be uploaded to a website for everyone else to see and share. We want this to be a national effort leading up to the 100th anniversary of the Armistice in 2018 when we will launch the collection.
What help will you give me if I want to run a Digital Collection Day?
On this site you can download a training pack that gives you a complete guide to running your own Digital Collection Day. You can also download a variety of forms, posters, images and templates to use on the day. The training pack offers precise instructions relating to what type of venue you should try to use (village hall, school library, etc), how many people you might need, what their roles and responsibilities would be, and how to digitize the material and upload it to our site. If you are at all interested in running such an event then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To download the training pack and posters click here and scroll down to the section entitled 'What do I need to hold a Digital Collection Day?'.
Will you be giving any other training?
Yes. We are planning to run a training day here at Oxford in early 2018 for anyone wishing to run a digital collection day. If you are interested please contact us at email@example.com
What happens to the material when it is uploaded?
We will store all the material on our systems and the release it as a searchable database in November 2018. In addition we will also add all the material to the large European research database called Europeana 1914-1918. Everything we collect will be freely available world-wide for anyone to reuse.
Do you keep any of the objects?
No. We are purely interested in collecting digital photographs of the objects any accompanying stories. We do not retain the physical item but are happy to advise on appropriate museums to contact.
Why are you doing this?
Because every day the objects (letters, photos, memoirs, diaries, souvenirs, etc) of the men, women, and children who were part of the 1914-1918 generation are being lost. This project not only attempts to save these items digitally but also the stories attached to them – why were these kept by the family?
Can I donate money to help the project?
Yes! This is all funded by public donations so to help us further please give whatever you can at the University of Oxford’s ‘Just Giving’ site.
I have an item from WW1 but do not wish to run a Digital Collection Day. What can I do?
First, keep an eye on this website as we will alert you to events around the country that we know of. Alternatively you can also submit the item yourself online via the LWF submission site.