Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Neutrals and Belligerents during the First World War


British Pathé’s extraordinary film archive

British Pathé is arguably the finest newsreel archive globally and it holds in the region of 85,000 films, each with strong historical and cultural significance. The collection covers the years from 1896 to 1976 and, as such, incorporates material from the First World War. The archive is free to view on the website (British Pathé website) or on their YouTube channel. While the exact details relating to year and location remain unknown, this video is nevertheless evocative in portraying more ordinary events (shaving, eating, cooking) against a wholly extraordinary backdrop. The collection related to Indian soldiers is available here.

Uncovering hidden stories of the First World War

Find out about Heritage Lottery Fund funding for First World War projects

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) provides funding to help communities and organisations across the UK to explore, conserve and share stories of the First World War. HLF has already funded more than 1000 project marking the Centenary but there are still many more hidden stories yet to discover. This booklet provides an offering of the types of community projects that the HLF funds (view booklet). For further information, please visit HLF’s site on the First World War.

Legacy of Valour: a community heritage project

The Legacy of Valour project was launched in Reading in 2014 with the aim of increasing awareness of the contribution of Indian troops to the First World War. This was achieved through an exhibition, talks, and excursions. More information is available from the Legacy of Valour booklet (view). The project was featured in the Autumn/Winter 2015 edition of Today Magazine, issue 11 (read). The project has recently published Legacy of Valour – a Community Heritage Project (see front cover). The 60-page book details project activities and research findings. To purchase, please contact Inderpal Dhanjal.