Illustrations in support of Public Engagement with Research Awards

Child wearing a WW1 cap, plays with a WW1 telephone

“Halo, aký príbeh mi rozpovieš?” [“Hi, what story can you tell me?”] Inclusion of family faces, and children especially, are key for the interest of the news broadcasters in the Europeana 1914-1918 roadshows, like this one at Univerzitná knižnica v Bratislave, Bratislava (2013) – 1.

The Oxford University team involved in Europeana 1914-1918 have entered the Vice Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards (projects), 2016. Click on each photograph to see illustrations of some of the impact of the outreach and engagement activities as part of the work to crowdsource First World War family history from local communities and online, (using the principles of “The Oxford Community Collection Model“):

Working with EU partners led by the Europeana Foundation:

Jill Cousins, director of Europeana on Cyprus news launching a series of family history roadshows (2013)

Jill Cousins, director of Europeana on Cyprus news launching a series of family history roadshows (2013) – 2.

To collect online user-generated-content about the First World War across 21 European countries:

We trained local teams, advised them about engaging audiences for their local context:

Family history roadshows are attractive to the media…:

…And politicians:

The largest online archive on the War in the world, created by the public, openly available for all to explore and reuse in teaching, learning, and research:

A Calgary or crucifix in a bottle

This Calvary (cross in a bottle) is a piece of Russian POW art photographed at the family history roadshow in Nova Gorica, Slovenia (2012). Interestingly similar German pieces have been contributed, and prisoner and ‘trench art’ material from across Europe features strongly in the collection, a potential for research of art and imagery. – 27.

A major digital resource to support research on the First World War:


This large and remarkable collection of field post is a potential research project in its own right. It represents the wartime correspondence of members of an academic choral society from Munich who met in a local café. As a result of the Europeana 1914-1918 project the collection was donated to the archive where the roadshow was held, so the originals will be preserved and available to researchers whilst images are more widely accessible on the Internet. – 28.

EU states use crowdsourcing of digitised family stories to add to their commemoration of the centenary anniversaries:

Flyer for La Grande Collecte

La Grande Collecte, France used Europeana 1914-1918 to run hundreds of family history roadshows in one week in 2013 to initiate their centenary commemorations – 29.

We use “stories” to engage academic audiences:

The work of Europeana 1914-1918 has appeared in University publications:

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