Introducing...the First World War: personal experiences
The State Library has recently purchased perpetual access to a wonderful resource which brings together digitised primary and secondary materials relating to the First World War. Read personal letters, diaries, maps, trench journals and visual images such as sheet music from the time, postcards, greeting cards and cartoons. There are 227 images from Gallipoli. The primary material is further enhanced by scholarly articles, overviews and links to further resources.
One feature of this eresource which is particularly impressive is the Experiences section. Here you can explore the Memory Wall: articles written by members of the editorial team working on the project; or the Sanctuary Wood Museum trench experience – a virtual walk through of the trenches in the Ypres Salient area. The final section is In Their Own Words where you can read the personal experiences of the soldiers and support personnel.
Maps enthusiasts will enjoy this area. Interactive maps show where the battles took place and a timeline for each region shows the major events that happened during the course of the war. There is also a section of digitised historical maps.
We hope you enjoy your exploration of this great resource.