First World War Commemorations Research

Next year, 2014, marks the commemoration of the First World War.  A major national project to commemorate the First World War is being led by the Imperial War Museum.

The Houses of Parliament are planning to take part in this commemoration in a number of ways.  A project with Members and staff of both Houses of Parliament, to encourage them to take part in the Imperial War Museum’s ‘Lives of the First World War’ project is being planned.  Parliamentary Archives have also commissioned research into the many war memorials across Parliament which mark the deaths of Members, their families and staff of both Houses.  The team will also be digitising the books of remembrance from the War.

In addition to the activities outlined above, Parliament’s Public Engagement and Learning team are planning a public engagement project that highlights the role of Parliament, its work and Members throughout the war.  There are two major elements to this: the institutional history of Parliament – debates and discussions in both Houses, as well as legislation that was passed; and the stories of Members, staff and their families during the War – not only those that were killed, but also those who kept Parliament running until the end of the War. 

While we already have some ideas for the project, we need a strong research base on which to build it.  However, it is likely that we will, among other things, provide resources for schools and a film about Parliament during the War for the general public.  We are seeking a contractor who can help provide a framework for this.

To find out more information, please use our online tender system.  You will need to register (using the button at the bottom of the screen) in order to find out more.

Submission deadline: 10 May 2013

26 Apr 2013