Digitizing The War Illustrated

NoRMMA Receives Heritage Lottery Funding For Digitizing the War Illustrated Project

NoRMMA is very happy to announce that its members have been awarded £8,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake its ‘Digitizing The War Illustrated’ project. (You can find out more about the National Lottery Heritage Fund on its website: https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/).

This allows us to build on Public Engagement NoRMMA carried out between April and June 2017. Over the course of three workshops, we encouraged participants to focus on the representation of women in the World War I weekly magazine, The War Illustrated. First published in August 1914, a short time after war was declared, the magazine provided the British public with text and images about the conflict. It continued to shape the British public’s views until after armistice day in November 1918, with its final issue dated February 1919. (See the Women’s War Work page on the NoRMMA blog here: http://www.normmanetwork.com/womens-war-work/)

Thanks to the generosity and support of the HLF, and members of the British public who contribute their money to the fund by playing the National Lottery, we are now able to digitize and upload to the internet the University of Kent’s entire run of the publication’s 233 issues. This means that this important slice of British history, at risk of disintegration in its physical form, will be available forever, for all, and for free.

You can find a blog post listing links to the magazine on the Internet Archive here: http://www.normmanetwork.com/links-to-the-war-illustrated-on-the-internet-archive/

You can access our ‘How to Research Guide’ here: http://www.normmanetwork.com/how-to-research-guide/

We will hold three workshops during June and July 2019 at the University of Kent in Canterbury. During these, we will give volunteers background on the magazine and its history, help them to familiarise themselves with the online archive, as well as plan and complete research projects of their own. Participants do not have to attend every workshop, but may be able to, subject to spaces. A progress day will bring together all workshop attendees and give them the opportunity to develop their projects. The workshop participants will then be able to share their findings online and at a tea dance-themed launch later in the year.




  • Progress Day, Monday 19th of August, 10am-5pm This will take place in Templeman Seminar Room 5. The venue is accessible, and free refreshments (including lunch) will be provided. We will meet at 10am at the Terrace Entrance on the ground floor of the Templeman Library. Find a map here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/is/templeman/pdf/floor-plans.pdf

The Progress Day is open to all past workshop participants, as well as to newcomers. We will provide continued group support and research guidance to previous attendees and an introduction to the archive for those who have not yet had the chance to explore it.

We welcome those with little or no knowledge of research or the internet as well as more experienced researchers. Some computers will be provided, but you may wish to bring your own laptop for convenience.

Please email us on normma.network@gmail.com to book your place.

Those attending the free launch will be treated to interesting talks about the project, an enjoyable lesson themed around music and dances of the time, and a delicious afternoon tea.

Spaces are limited, with priority given to those who have attended workshops and/or the Progress Day. Email us on normma.network@gmail.com to express your interest.

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