We’re entering our final year

Lives of the First World War

We’re entering our final year

Dear Ian,

The ground-breaking collaboration between IWM and Findmypast, Lives of the First World War, will cease taking submissions on 18 March 2019. IWM will then become custodian of the millions of incredible public contributions made over the past five years, making up this permanent digital memorial that will always remain free to access.

As we enter the final year of the project, we need your help to build rich, full Life Stories for as many individuals as possible. Take this opportunity to be part of our innovative digital project – scan and upload First World War letters and diaries, research a name on your local war memorial or share anecdotes that have been passed down through your family. Thank you for all your amazing contributions so far. We look forward to seeing your additions over the coming year, which will help shape our understanding of the First World War both now and in the future.

With the project nearing its end, annual subscriptions will cease to be available from 30 March 2018 at midday. You can continue, however, to purchase monthly subscriptions until 1 March 2019. All annual subscribers due for renewal from 31 March 2018 will have their automatic renewal cancelled and offered alternatives.


Achievements to date

  • To date, we’ve welcomed more than 130,000 members.
  • Together we are piecing together more than 7.6 million Life Stories from the First World War.
  • Over 2 million facts, anecdotes and images have been added so far.
  • More than 7,000 Communities have also been created, helping us remember those who were part of the same family, workplace or sports team.
  • Our Teachers’ Hub initiative continues to helps school engage with real life stories from the First World War.


Find out more

Thank you,
Lives of the First World War team


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