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Lest We Forget

A project by: Stuart Lee

£18,535
pledged of £80,000 target
23%
FUNDED
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SPONSORS
This project will only receive pledges if at least £40,000 is pledged by Wed 02 Aug 2017
Saving the past for the future

How to donate

You can donate to Lest We Forget by either:

1. Clicking the 'Sponsor' button above; or

2. Selecting a reward on the right-hand side of this page and pledging at the value of that reward,

Payment is taken by debit or credit card.

For enquiries please contact:

Dr Stuart D Lee, IT Services, University of Oxford, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6NN.

Stuart.Lee@it.ox.ac.uk

+44 (0)1865 283403

'Lest we forget' - a national initiative to save the memories of 1914-1918

We are raising a minimum of £40,000 to train local communities across the UK to run digital collection days to record and save objects and stories of the generation who lived through World War One. We aim to unearth material which is personally held and which may be extremely rare and in danger of being lost. Every item collected will then be published on November 11th 2018 through a free-to-use online database for schools, scholars, and the wider public.

But we cannot achieve this alone so please help by donating to support the training days, outreach activities, and the equipment we need. Please also help us to spread the word by following us on Facebook and Twitter ( @ww1centenary ), and sharing our posts with colleagues, friends, and family.

saving the past for the future - world war one

2018 will mark the centennial anniversary of the end of World War One. Few families in Britain were unaffected by the conflict, and in thousands of attics across the country there are photographs, diaries, letters, and mementos that tell the story of a generation at war, of the loved ones who fought in the conflict, served on the home front, or lost fathers and mothers. We are interested in preserving any story about the people whose lives were in any way affected by the Great War and any events surrounding it. Help us launch this national effort to digitally capture, safeguard, and share these important personal items and reminiscences from the men and women of 1914-1918. Help us support local digitisation events across village halls, community centres, schools, and libraries.

On a daily basis these stories and objects are being lost to the nation, and the memory of the sacrifice of that generation consigned to oblivion. The men, women and children of 1914-1918 deserve better and their stories must be preserved for future generations - lest we forget.

Where will the money go?

‘Lest We Forget’ is about handing over the skill set and support to local communities to help them run their own digitisation days to capture objects and memories held locally from the First World War in a lead up to a launch of a large free-to-use archive of material in November 2018.

We will work with local 'digital champions' training them and supporting them in running the collection day and also providing a central web site for them to deposit material. We will teach these volunteers how to put out a call for items, how to digitise, how to upload to our central repository, and how to catalogue so the material is reusable.

If run in a school, we can encourage pupils to bring in material they have in their family, or with their relatives, and show them the importance of dealing with primary source material. So this is not about large cultural heritage centres running this for people, it is about handing the process to groups across the country to save items in their local community.

For every:

- £25 we can create, print, and mail out a training pack, providing step-by-step instructions and advice on how to run a local community collection event

- £150 we can gift a portable digitisation studio to a community group or school

- £200 we can buy and loan a high-speed flat-bed scanner

- £300 we can buy and loan a digital camera

- £400 we can buy and loan a laptop to assist with cataloguing and image processing

- £1,500 we can create a complete off-the-shelf digitisation kits (2 lightboxes, 2 background material, snake weights, 2 umbrella lights, 2 digital cameras, and 1 flatbed scanner, plus delivery) OR run a training day at Oxford for digital champions, training 10-15 people to run a collection day

- £2,500 we can run a training day elsewhere in the country training 10-15 digital champions and run a collection day in the region

The project would aim to run for 18 months to take us up to the end of 2018. If we raise:

- £40,000 we will be able to launch a national web site, create 100 training packs, and run two training events at Oxford to train digital champions to run a collection day in their community

- £60,000 in addition to the above we will also be able to run two further training events for digital champions, five outreach activities with schools in the UK, and create and loan 10 portable digitisation studios

- £80,000 we will be able to run 5 training sessions for digital champions (allowing us to train 60-70 people), 10 further outreach activities (five more schools and five inter-generational workshops in care homes for the elderly)

Any money received above the target will go towards creating educational material for free use in schools and by the public reusing the material saved and preserved through the project.

Rewards

Every donation, no matter what amount, will go a long way towards helping us reach our goal. In order to recognise the contribution of all donors, we have a range of rewards to offer as a 'thank you' on behalf of the project team.

All donations: a personal thank you on the site

All donations of £5: a personal thank you postcard from the team

All donations of £25: a personal ‘digital plaque’ on our web site with the name of a relative who was involved or affected by 1914-18 and one line description (140 characters)

All donations of £100: a WW1 centenary poster celebrating the project with images of the War suitable for schools, libraries, etc.

All donations of £1001 or over: offer of a dinner at an Oxford College, a chance to meet the team, and a talk by an expert on World War One.

the team

The team leading this is based at the University of Oxford and has a twenty-year history of leading digital projects based around the First World War. In 2008 we launched the Great War Archive and First World War Poetry Archive and then from 2012 onward were joint partners in the cross-European initiative Europeana 1914-1918 .

Find us here

For more information and to follow the project, please visit us at:

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OxfordLWF/

- Twitter: @ww1centenary

- Or email us at: ww1collections@it.ox.ac.uk

Don't forget to 'Like', follow, and share our pages!

Help us succeed!

Donating money is not the only way to offer your crucial support for the project. Help spread the word by sharing our website and social media with friends, colleagues, and family, professional networks, groups, and associations. The more people we can engage with the crowdfunding campaign, the greater the chances of success!

Partners

3 weeks, 3 days ago

A Glimpse of What Might Be: Browsing 2,000 images from World War One

We are extremely grateful to support for our project from Zegami, an image-search/retrieval development company in Oxford. Using 2,000 images taken from our 2008 Great War Archive initiative they have mocked up a demo site allowing you to browse and filter the collection to see what might be possible. If you wish to see more of this, then please support us in our campaign by donating or encouraging others to donate:

https://demo.zegami.com/great%20war%20archive

1 month ago

CHANCE TO Win another £270 worth of Books and Help Oxford University Save Items from World War One!

'Lest We Forget' led by Oxford University is a project to run a mass-digitization initiative of publicly-held material from the First World War. In addition to our Tolkien-related prizes (below), we are also delighted to announce that we have over £270 worth of WW1 books thanks to the kind support of Pen & Sword Books, Galileo Publishers, and Jackie Storer.

To sponsor us and enter the prize draws select 'Sponsor' above right (pay by credit/debit card) or select a pledge amount to the right (in £ sterling).

If you sponsor us by pledging £1 or more (or equivalent), you will automatically be entered into draw to win:

One of five signed copies of Richard van Emden's brand new book, The Road to Passchendaele (Pen & Sword, 2017: RRP £25)

One of five copies of James Bentley's Some Corner of a Foreign Field (illustrated anthology of WW1 poetry) (Galileo Publishing, 2014: RRP £14.99)

One of five copies of Jackie Storer's Hidden Stories of the First World War (British Library, 2014: RRP £17.99)

You will also be entered into a draw to win one of five copies signed by John Garth of his Tolkien and the Great War (pbk, HarperCollins, 2011 - RRP: £9.99; $12.00; €11.99).

In addition to these chances of winning, perhaps more importantly you may also be helping to save and preserve important objects from the First World War which are in danger of being lost on a daily basis.

We reserve the right to not complete the draw if we do not raise our initial fund-raising target.

You do not have to make a pledge to enter the competitions.

1 month ago

CHANCE TO Win over £1,000/$1,000 worth of Tolkien Books and Help Oxford University Save Items from World War One!

'Lest We Forget' led by Oxford University is a project to run a mass-digitization initiative of publicly-held material from the First World War and as is well known the experiences J. R. R. Tolkien underwent in 1916 in the Battle of the Somme had a profound effect on him and his writing. To assist with our major crowd-funding appeal we have been generously supported by Tolkien scholars and publishers, allowing us to present a prize draw opportunity to win three major publications amounting to over £1,000. Our sincerest thanks go to John Garth, Wiley/Blackwells, and Routledge for their help here.

To sponsor us and enter the prize draws select 'Sponsor' above right (pay by credit/debit card) or select a pledge amount to the right (in £ sterling).

If you sponsor us by pledging £1 or more (or equivalent) you will be entered into a draw to win one of five copies signed by John Garth of hisTolkien and the Great War (pbk, HarperCollins, 2011 - RRP: £9.99; $12.00; €11.99).

To enter into a draw to win one of three copies of A Companion to J. R. R. Tolkien (hbk, Wiley/Blackwells, 2014) signed by the editor (RRP: £125; $140; €150) we would ask you to sponsor us for £5 (or equivalent) or more.

Finally, to enter into a draw to win the forthcoming 4-volume J. R. R. Tolkien: Critical Assessments of Major Writers (hbk, Routledge, due 2017) signed by the editor ( RRP: £900; $1,180; €930 ) - we have a single copy of this to give away - we would ask you to sponsor us by pledging £10 or more (or equivalent).

In addition to these chances of winning, perhaps more importantly you may also be helping to save and preserve important objects from the First World War which are in danger of being lost on a daily basis.

Dr Stuart Lee, University of Oxford

We reserve the right to not complete the draw if we do not raise our initial fund-raising target.

You do not have to make a pledge to enter the competitions.

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1 month, 2 weeks ago

Together we have raised £1,000 in 3 days!

Many thanks to everyone for all their support so far in getting us over the first £1,000 mark in just 3 days. We still have a long way to go to hit our target of £40,000 to get the project going so please do continue to encourage friends and colleagues to donate and spread the word!

1 month, 2 weeks ago

BBC News and Other Publicity

'Lest We Forget' is beginning to attract attention in the media, in spite of the blanket coverage of the election. BBC Oxford posted this online after running a story on their drive time. We also hope to be appearing on BBC South Today, and once the election finishes in the nationals. Many thanks for all the help on this!

1 month, 2 weeks ago

6/6

Today our Thunderclap campaign was launched to over 250,000 social media users to tell them about our project. We now need to encourage people to donate money to the cause so please do help if you can in encouraging friends/colleagues to pledge a small amount (even if it is only a few pounds). To see how successful you are in this you can also become a 'helper' on the site which allows you to see how many people have joined and donated due to your help.

many thanks again,

Stuart Lee

1 month, 2 weeks ago
1 month, 2 weeks ago

LaunchED and 'Become a Helper'

Today, 5th June, we went live on our crowd-funding campaign. Please do help to spread the word and point people to the site and also 'Become a helper' (see the button on the right hand of the screen). This will allow you to see how successful your assistance has been in terms of follow-up donations and we will offer a bottle of champagne or Amazon token for £30 to the top 'helper' (who has had the most follow-up donations) when the campaign finishes by way of a small thank you!

Stuart Lee

The first £5000 donated to this project will be matched by Europeana

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Only project creators and their sponsors can post comments.

I sincerely hope to be able to leave information about my Grandfather, Walter Burton (a machine gunner, fought at Passchendaele) whatever the outcome of this project (I do, of course, hope it is successful. He is being represented at the Menen Gate Centenary ceremony.

Good luck Stuart and team

Good luck!

Good luck with the campaign

Pledge #2

Thank you for organizing this very important endeavor. I am very happy to support this important historic & literary project. It is, indeed, worrying and depressing to imagine the consequences of forgetting the dire implications of such an important event as WWI (which was inadequately understood to prevent WWI).

An excellent idea, good luck with it!

Wonderful cause; all the best, from a Tolkien fan.

Good luck Stuart. A great initiative. All best. Tony Harris

Excellent project. Well done.

Vicon Motion Systems Ltd are very happy to help support this amazing project.

Good Luck! A great cause and one which my nine year old daughter is excited that her school has voted to get involved with.

Donation from J and K Porter

Good luck! A very worthwhile project, hope you meet your target.

Best of luck for the project! Seelöwe!!

God luck with the fund raising.

Very best of luck Stuart!!