Luton World War 1 Stories

Great War Stories

As the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War approached Luton Culture, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire, had embarked on an ambitious project to link Luton's experience of WWI, with the family memories of people who live here today, and share it via an exhibition and a crowd sourced website.

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Project Aim

This project aimed to collect memories, artefacts and images from Luton people; and digitise relevant objects and archives from the museum collections. The work formed the basis for both a crowd sourced digital repository, that was accessible to all, and an exhibition which focused on how WWI touched the lives of the ancestors of the people who call Luton home today.

• To encourage participation and contribution in the project from all communities in Luton
• To help people understand the First World War and how it impacted on the residents of Luton
• To collect and research material relating to the First World War from Luton residents
• To research and preserve resources via a virtual platform, increasing access and awareness
• To develop ICT, research, communication and presentation skills of the volunteers
• To encourage people to reflect on the impact of the First World War and how it relates to current conflicts and their impact on local communities

Sister Moyles and Patients outside Wardown Park V.A.D. Hospital

How can you help?

We hope that the people of Luton will continue to the website by picking through their attics and finding those boxes of letters and photographs dating from WWI. Anything you find that you feel is relevant to the story of Luton's Great War, as told by the people who live here today.

You can register, login, and upload any world war 1 information you have about Luton, it's people, or your ancestors during WWI. It doesn't matter whether your ancestors were born in Luton or not, if you live here...We want to hear and share your family history. It also doesn't matter if they were not soldiers, but civilians. It all helps to tell the story of Luton's Great War.

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