Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Digitized film footage of World War I


The Telegraph reports:

[The Imperial War Museum] has released newly restored archive footage as part of a project to digitise its film collection – one of the oldest and largest in the world – for the First World War Centenary.

IWM was founded while the war was still being fought to record and collect the stories of the people who lived, served and died during the war.

Over the last two years it has contributed over 200 hours of First World War footage to European Film Gateway EFG1914 a digitisation project to help preserve the film legacy of the First World War.

Together with over 25 European partners including the Deutsches Filminstitut and The Royal Belgium Film Archive (Cinematek) the project has digitised over 700 hours of material from the First World War archives offering an insight on the lives of the people who fought and lived through the First World War.

There's more at the link.

Intrigued, I looked for more information.  The main European Film Gateway site is here, and contains much digitized footage of European history from the dawn of cinematography.  The World War I site is a separate sub-project, focusing more specifically on that conflict.  Both promise many hours of interesting viewing for history buffs.

Peter

3 comments:

Old NFO said...

THAT is going to be a significant time sink... :-) Looking forward to it!!!

Jefferson Selvy said...

OT:
Mr. Grant, I have just purchased "Take the Star Road" and am enjoying it immensely. Like a hot cross of Heinlein and Nathan Lowell. I may end up cursing you as my bank account runs dry purchasing more. Thank you for becoming my new pusher.
No offense intended, all in a wry tone if you will.

Jefferson

Peter said...

Thanks, Jefferson. Glad you like it! I'll do my best to deplete your bank account further in years to come.

:-)