100 years ago today

the First World War was sparked off by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, on 28th June 1914.

These are some of the range of resources about the First World War that you can find in Special Collections:


 Between 1914 and 1919 John Hammerton and Herbert Wrigley Wilson edited a periodical entitled The Great War: the standard history of the all-Europe conflict. Hammerton would later be responsible for popularising the V for Victory sign in the Second World War, but in the First World War he  worked on the periodical.

Published during the war, it’s an interesting example of British propaganda, for example, the first volume justifies Britain’s entry into the war, and acts as an encouragement to men to sign up to fight.  



You can find out more about First World War resources in Special Collections by reading our blog posts tagged First World War. Over the next few months we’ll be highlighting a range of our sources in more detail.










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