Explore First World War diaries

Got a spare hour (or more)? Why not help tag and classify fascinating pages of handwritten diaries from the Western Front?

Image:  ©  IWM (Q 777)

Image: © IWM (Q 777)

Operation War Diary need your help to read, tag and classify high-resolution scans of handwritten records that documented the First World War. Each page captures fascinating details about the people involved and descriptions of their activities on the Western Front.

From the tags, Operation War Diary can create a detailed index of the people who appear in these pages and learn more about what they were doing, why they were doing it, and how their efforts shaped the world we live in today.

Sarah Leggett, Marketing Manager of the National Archives says, "We know some basic information about the diaries – the units they relate to, and the date ranges – but beyond this we don’t know how many people are named in the diaries, or how much they can tell us about how the war was actually fought on the front line. This is where you come in. You don’t need to know anything about the diaries to take part, although, if you’re good at reading handwriting, that might be an advantage."

For more information visit Operation War Diary and the National Archives.