1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

The Remembrance Wall Project

On November 11 2008, the world commemorated the 90th Anniversary of the signatue of the Armistice that ended World War One. To honour the men and women who saw active service through this momentous turning point in history, the BBC created an online Remembrance Wall. For the first time, you were invited to share your own family memories of the Great War.

Your stories built the Remembrance Wall and created a permanent homage to your relative's World War One experiences. Recollections, war-time portraits, letters, diaries, memoirs, or medals were submitted - more than 5,800 entries and close to 3,000 photoghraphs. On the Remembrance Wall, you shared your relative's action in the fields, skies, trenches and oceans, from France and Flanders, to the Mediterranean, to the Middle East, from the North Sea to the Indian Ocean, to the Atlantic.

The Remembrance Wall Project was part the BBC Learning campaign 1918-2008: Ninety Years Of Remembrance which featured documentaries, dramas and live events across BBCs One, Two, Four and radio programming both on network radio and across the BBC's radio stations in the nations and regions; as well as free local events, held in 29 locations across the UK in November, giving the public the opportunity to upload personal family World War One memorabilia to the Remembrance Wall and learn more about the Great War and the role it played in shaping the world as we know it today.


Why was it only World War One?

The focus of the BBC Remembrance Wall was for soldiers who fought in World War 1 as it was part of a campaign to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice.

Between June 2003 and January 2006, the BBC asked the public to contribute their memories of World War Two to a website. WW2 People's War - an archive of 47,000 stories and 15,000 images is the result.

Why can't I submit any more soldier profiles ?

The campaign ran from the start of November for six months. The submissions period was timed to capture revived interest in WWI surrounding the 90th anniversary of the Armistice, however it was not intended to be an ongoing project. The archive finally closed in Summer 2009.

Will you cover other wars for future anniversaries?

We are looking into ways to extend the reach of the Wall in the future if resources allow. As next year is the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the BBC are developing ideas to mark this important moment in history.

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