Digital Collection Days
A ‘Digital Collection Day’ is an event where members of the public are invited to bring their First World War stories and memorabilia to a nearby community area - such as a village hall, community centre, school or library - where trained volunteers are on hand to record stories and digitise any objects. Those who participate in a LWF Digital Collection Day might choose to share their photographs, diaries, letters, mementos or personal memories from the time of the war. Whilst any contribution is appreciated, we also welcome those who wish to come simply to listen and learn. After a Digital Collection Day, any stories or objects which are recorded are uploaded to the Lest We Forget archive which, from November of 2018, will be freely available on the Lest We Forget website, and on the Europeana 1914-1918 site.
You can see what a Digital Collection Day looks like here: http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/what-roadshow
Are YOU willing to organise a Digital Collection Day?
- create a safe and interested environment in which community members have the opportunity to share their stories;
- bring together members of community, young and old, to promote understanding through conversation and increase historical awareness;
- encourage online contributions to the Lest We Forget project;
- encourage re-use of the collected material for educational or research purposes;
- promote a local organisation and/or venue.
What happens at a Digital Collection Day?
- Visitor arrives and is introduced to the process for contributing;
- Visitor speaks to an interviewer who records the story and information about any objects that have been brought. The interviewer may offer information about the objects;
- The objects are digitised (photographed or scanned) and then returned to the visitor;
- The story, object information and digital images are uploaded to the Lest We Forget website (this often happens after the event in the following days).