Forgotten Seafarers of the First World War

During the First World War the Merchant Navy – the Mercantile Marine – was thrust into the conflict, becoming the supply service of the Royal Navy.Read more

The War Memorials of Herbert Baker

To mark the centenary of the founding of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, we look at 15 war memorials designed by Herbert Baker.Read more

5 Memorials that Chart Life and Loss in the First World War

There are few towns or villages in Britain that do not have a public memorial to commemorate those who died in the First World War; a sobering testament to the scale of the loss involved in the conflict. In Britain, around six million men were mobilised, and of those just over 700,000, or 11.5%, were killed. Over half a million men who served in the British army have no known graves. There are more than 100,000 war memorials in the UK. TheyRead more

A Brief Introduction to The Women’s Institute

“Jam!” That’s what many people would reply if asked which word the Women’s Institute first brought to mind. And there are good historical reasons for that. During the First World War, jam-making was a serious business, as was the bottling and pickling of all sorts of fruit and vegetables.Read more

A Brief Introduction to Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens

Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) was a key figure in determining how the dead and missing of the First World War should be commemorated. His designs are admired for the universality of their message of honour and remembrance. The pure architecturalRead more

10 Things You Should Know About WWI

In popular imagination the First World War is associated with the trenches of France and Belgium, the beaches of Gallipoli, and the deserts of Arabia. The following images – the majority sourced from Historic England’s Archives – highlight some surprising and little-known stories of the war’s impact on England.Read more

7 War Memorials that Bear Witness to the Great Loss at Gallipoli

100 years ago tomorrow, the Allied force launched amphibious landings on the Gallipoli Peninsular. The aim was to control the straits and capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire. The Allied landingsRead more