The First World War Centenary Hub

The hub brings together material and stories from over 300 First World War projects worldwide, each commemorating the impact of the war in their communities.

Project Description

The First World War Centenary Hub


2014, ongoing

Heritage Lottery Fund
Arts and Humanities Research Council
Imperial War Museums


Heritage Lottery Fund
Arts and Humanities Research Council

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Between 2014 and 2018 local communities around the world are running local projects to commemorate the First World War and it’s impact on their community. The Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts and Humanities Research Council are supporting many of these activities and wanted a digital platform that would:

  • Provide a space for projects to share historical materials, stories and contemporary commemorative artworks
  • Improve the accessibility, discoverability and preservation of digitised historical and contemporary materials
  • Facilitate online participation and engagement
  • Create a digital record of how the centenary was commemorated
What happened?

Around the world, hundreds of heritage institutions and community groups are running projects to engage their communities with researching and commemorating the first world war. They have been creating Collections on the First World War Hub where they can describe what they are doing, upload audio-video material and invite other people to participate.

First World War Projects funded by the UK Heritage Lottery Fund have participated, as have projects involved in The Digital War Memorial (run by the UK Society of Chief Librarians) and Q Anzac 100 (run by the State Library of Queensland). There have also been contributions from groups in France, Canada and the US.

As the centenary progresses, the hub continues to grow, and we are interested in extending the partnership and programme.

What was created?

  • A hub which is home to 385 Collections, each created by a local community project
  • During 2014 and 2015, 5,800 photos, videos, sounds and text snippets have been. contributed to the hub and it’s had 40,000 visits from people in 140 different countries.


Design and Digital

  • Designed the visual identity for the First World War hub
  • Built a custom hub, a bespoke area of Historypin which has a unique design and groups individual collections together under a shared theme

Training and support

  • Created printed guides and how to videos
  • Ran workshops to introduce the hub
  • Provided email and phone support for community groups using the hub

Collections and content

  • Imported collections for First World War photographs from JISC


  • Supported communications through promotion and featuring best content


“The Centenary Hub has definitely given our documentary film a wider audience and we enjoy the opportunity to have access to other projects like ours. It feels like being part of a community with mutual benefits and makes the possibility of information sharing much easier.” (Friends of Redcar Cemetery, Redcar Remembers World War One)

“Historypin’s Centenary hub provided us with an excellent way of promoting and recording our WW1 commemorative events programme, as well as fun and interactive tool for introducing users to our photographic collections. The hub served as place where we could direct our Twitter and Facebook followers after catching their attention with an interesting image or headline. It enabled us to share a range of interesting stories which would have been too lengthy to post directly via social media, and which a general audience would therefore not normally get to read. (Hillingdon Local Studies, Archives and Museum Service, Hillingdon and the First World War)

If you’d like to run a similar project with Historypin, get in touch.