May 21, 2022

World War II: “A Thousand ‘Lost Voices’ Preserved for Future Generations in Digital Archive”

From the University of Lincoln (UK):

A thousand previously lost voices telling tales of the shared experiences of those who lived through the aerial bombing campaigns in World War Two have been digitised and preserved for future generations in a new digital archive, which launches today (6th September 2018) at the University of Lincoln.

The archive brings amazing stories to life, such as the story of Vera Willis – a Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) veteran who was responsible for driving aircrew to their aircraft during the war and who lived with the horror of so many of them not returning. The archive has been created and curated by experts at the University of Lincoln who also devised the exhibition at the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln.


“What we’re doing here at the University of Lincoln as part of the International Bomber Command Centre project is unique,” said Professor Heather Hughes who is leading the project. “We have amassed a vast collection of content that has never been assembled before. In addition to the aircrew, it includes the experiences of women, ground personnel and minority groups who are sometimes forgotten.”

The archive, which has been funded with a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, has been developed at the University of Lincoln, UK, in partnership with the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Trust as part of the wider International Bomber Command Centre project. The team has already carried out more than 1,000 interviews with those who were directly affected by the bombing war, many of whom served in Bomber Command and who have sadly since passed away.

In addition to the interviews, the archive consists of personal documents, such as photographs, diaries, letters and log books. There are 3,500 such items in the archive already, including 2,000 photos. Many of them have never been seen before outside the families who own them.

The International Bomber Command Centre Digital Archive is powered by technology from Omeka.

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