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5 February 2014

National Archives of the UK: Newly Released Files from 1984 Include Miners' Strike

The National Archives has released almost 500 files from 1984, including papers from the Prime Minister's Office and the Cabinet Office.

The government's handling of the miners' strike is revealed in greater detail than ever before in papers released today. The strike by Arthur Scargill's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) presented Mrs Thatcher's government with one of its most serious challenges and divided opinion in the country.

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Real 'Monuments Men' Records Go on Display in Washington, D.C.

When art historians saw Paris fall to the Nazis in World War II, they immediately realized Europe's vast monuments, art, cathedrals and architecture were at risk and began mobilizing to protect such treasures.

In Washington, the newly opened National Gallery of Art became the U.S. museum world's epicenter for lobbying President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Allied forces in 1941 to prevent the destruction of Europe's monuments. Their efforts would create a corps of U.S. and British soldiers who worked to protect cultural sites and recover looted art after the war.

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4 February 2014

Trove of Images From the French Revolution Now Available Online

The Images are composed of high-resolution digital images of approximately 14 000 individual visual items, primarily prints, but also illustrations, medals, coins, and other objects, which display aspects of the Revolution.

These materials were selected, mainly from the collections of the Département des Estampes et de la photographie, but also from other BnF departments, and include thousands of images for the important collections entitled Hennin and De Vinck. Detailed metadata exists for the images, so that researchers can search by artist, subject, genre, and place.

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National Virtual Library of India Planned

The Indian government has taken up an ambitious project of digitizing public libraries to ensure ease of access of books to the people.

The National Mission on Libraries – as the scheme has been termed – also entails the creation of the National Virtual Library of India which will act as a comprehensive collection of information generated within the country. The rich repository of information, it is believed will act to spur reading habit among the masses besides of course facilitating research and information sharing.

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3 February 2014

'Unique' WW1 Ledger From Folkestone, England, Published Online

Relatives of more than 40,000 people who passed through Folkestone on their way to war in France between 1915 and 1919 can now search for their names. Eight visitors books were kept at the Harbour Canteen and signed by some of the soldiers, nurses and others who passed through.

The pages have all been scanned and the details transcribed by volunteers. The 42,000 names in the books include Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George and Arthur Conan Doyle.

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30 January 2014

Europeana 1914-1918 Website Relaunched!

Europeana 1914-1918 now brings together resources from three major European projects each dealing with different types of First World War material. That means that national collections from libraries now sit alongside personal stories and treasures as well as important film archives.

Together, this creates a unique perspective of the First World War, showing it from every side of the battle lines and with insights from every point of view. Over time, even more material will be added to this archive so please keep coming back!

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24 January 2014

British National Archives Reveals Conscription Appeals of World War I Middlesex Men

Charles Rubens Busby, a butcher from Cricklewood who asked to avoid conscription so that he could continue to run his shop during the First World War, had an unwelcome note of caution added to his appeal letter: writing anonymously, a local resident called Busby "a proper rotter of a man" and a "rotten shirker".

The Middlesex Appeal Tribunal was swayed by the critic, who questioned why Busby should stay while "married men have had to shut up their shop and go".

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22 January 2014

A Wellcome Trove of Images

The highly regarded Wellcome Library in the United Kingdom has released a new web site with over 100,000 digital images for viewing, and in some cases, downloading. The images include “manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements,” as well as contemporary images.

Unlike most web sites that provide access to digital or digitized images, the Wellcome Library is upfront about whether a given image is “rights-managed” or not, and any image that is not can be downloaded in full.

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The Allies at Anzio: Rare Photos From WWII’s Italian Campaign

On January 22, 1944, six months after the Allied invasion of Sicily, American and British troops swarmed ashore at Anzio, roughly 30 miles south of Rome.

The brainchild of Winston Churchill and dubbed Operation Shingle, the attack caught German troops stationed along the Italian coast largely by surprise; but after the initial onslaught, the Germans dug in. The next four months saw some of the fiercest, most prolonged fighting in World War II’s European Theater, as the Allies battled German troops for control of the region.

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17 January 2014

Ireland: New Digital Archives Store Tales of 1916 Rising Volunteers

Details on 3,200 men and women who signed up to fight for Irish freedom have been recorded in a new digital archive as part of centenary commemorations of the foundation of the State.

The first tranche includes more than 10,000 files on members of the Irish Volunteers, Citizen Army, Hibernian Rifles, the Irish Republican Army, Cumann na mBan, Na Fianna Eireann or National Army between 1916 and 1923.

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15 January 2014

New Digitised Newspapers On Trove

The National Library of Australia is pleased to announce the following newspapers which have issues that have been newly added to Digitised newspapers and more on Trove. Many of these newspapers are currently being added to Trove and further issues will become available shortly.

Balmain Observer and Western Suburbs Advertiser (NSW : 1884 - 1907), The Bathurst Daily Argus (NSW : 1909), The Bombala Times (NSW : 1912 - 1938), Bombala Times and Manaro and Coast Districts General Advertiser (NSW : 1899 - 1905), Camden News (NSW : 1895 - 1954), Construction and Real Estate Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1930 - 1938), Dungog Chronicle : Durham and Gloucester Advertiser (NSW : 1894 - 1954), and much more...

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14 January 2014

Britain's World War I Diaries Go Online

Britain is recruiting an army of amateur historians to sift through more than 1.5 million pages of diaries written by World War I army officers, published online for the first time 100 years after the conflict began.

Spanning the whole of the 1914-18 conflict, the diaries are the official record of the war by British army units - but deeply poignant testimony can be found among the battalions' day-to-day accounts of their movements.

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13 January 2014

Death Records of 49,000 Irish in WWI Now Available Online

The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore says that the digitisation of the records of 49,000 Irish men and women who died in World War I is “making up for lost time”.

The project, undertaken by Google, the In Flanders Fields Museum, Eneclann and the Department of Foreign Affairs sees an attempt made for the first time to make the details of the Irish who died in The Great War available to the public.

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8 January 2014

National Library of Scotland Announces Retirement of Martyn Wade as National Librarian and Chief Executive

After 11 successful years, Martyn Wade is to retire from his post as National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland (NLS).

Mr Wade joined NLS, one of Scotland's premier cultural institutions, in 2002 and led a significant period of innovation that widened public access to its world class collections. Mr Wade's tenure has seen many significant developments at NLS.

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British Red Cross Awarded Grant To Digitise First World War Documents On Volunteering

The charity will recruit 100 volunteers to create an online archive of Voluntary Aid Detachment index cards of civilians who contributed to the war effort.

The British Red Cross has been awarded an £80,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve and digitise historic documents detailing the work of volunteers during the First World War. As part of the project to commemorate the centenary of the war, the BRC will recruit 100 volunteers to create a free and publicly available online archive of 244,000 Voluntary Aid Detachment index cards.

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