Free WW1 newspaper ‘book’ available to teachers

 In General

It is my opinion that the First World War centenary offers up a great opportunity for ‘us’ (writers, publishers, broadcasters, historians, teachers, and parents) to educate and inspire the next generation of historians. If you spend any time with me you will know that I talk about this a lot (probably too much) and it is great to see the very splendid people at Historic Newspapers feeling the same and actually doing something about it. They have produced a brilliant newspaper book, drawn from their impressive archive of millions of original newspapers, that is being made completely and utterly free to schools, universities and colleges across the country in an effort to make the study of the war slightly more interesting to their students. Entitled ‘1914-19 As Reported At The Time’, the book covers many of the pivotal moments of the war, including the Battle of Loos, the death of Edith Cavell, the fighting in Gallipoli, the drowning of Lord Kitchener and the end of the war. I found it fascinating as it shines a light onto the general feeling of the country during these times and reflects how the war was viewed, interpreted and reported by journalists as events unfolded. There are also many eye-witness accounts that bring the stories alive. If you are a teacher of history this could be a great resource for you – and did I mention it is free? Find out more at

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