Digital War Memorial
The Digital War Memorial, created by public libraries working with their local communities and established artists, will be launched today at the British Library by Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture and Digital Economy and the Society of Chief Librarians. www.digitalwarmemorial.com
The project has enabled public libraries to give a wide range of community groups the opportunity to work with artists to create their own highly individual response to the First World War. The project is funded by The National Lottery supported Grants for the arts: Libraries fund through Arts Council England. Dr Dominic Smith, Digital Curator for the project, has brought the local pieces together in a way that retains their unique character and diversity.
Each of the local projects has been captured digitally and will be the foundation of a national memorial that will continue to build over the four years of commemoration, 2014-2018. The projects started with the rich and diverse materials held by public libraries and archive services – photographs, newspapers, letters and other documents. Community groups then worked with artists using poetry, dance, music, writing and visual arts to reflect on the impact of the First World War and how it resonates a century later.
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