Selling to Both Sides: the arms trade during the First World War

Selling to Both Sides: the arms trade during the First World War is a project that will highlight the parallels between the arms trade in 1914 and now, with a particular focus on opposition to the arms trade during and after the war. The Heritage Lottery Fund provided funding for this project to the Trust for Research and Education on the Arms Trade. The project is run by Campaign Against Arms Trade and On the Record Community Interest Company.

The role will include:

  • Traveling to meetings and local archive libraries
  • Finding relevant archival sources and using them to uncover case studies using written, photographic and oral evidence. For example, the experiences and attitudes of munitions workers during the First World War
  • Researching and summarising case studies
  • Sharing information you've uncovered with others.

These case studies will contribute to a dedicated website on arms sales during the First World War. Individuals will be expected to volunteer eight days of research time over a two month period from the 25 February 2014. This will include an induction (on the 25 February), opportunities to discuss your findings with fellow volunteers and arms trade researchers and opportunities for accompanied trips to archives with hands-on-training. Additionally, the role could also include taking part in discussions with young people about the material you have uncovered, and recording these discussions, or the results of your own research, as a podcast for use on a dedicated website.

Qualities that are needed:

  • Ability to work carefully and rigorously
  • Ability to use IT programmes such as email, Skype and the internet for basic research
  • A commitment to the aims of the project
  • Good written and spoken English
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Friendly and approachable manner
  • Reliable and capable of working to deadlines

Benefits to be gained:

  • Experience of working with, and learning from, other volunteers and arms trade researchers
  • Experience and support from two not for profit organisations
  • Training in obtaining and sorting information from different archival sources
  • Training in using digital recording equipment and editing audio
  • Knowledge of the arms trade

Travel expenses will be paid.

To apply please send a completed application form to or send a hard copy to Claire Brand at CAAT, Unit 4, 5-7 Wells Terrace, London N4 3JU by Monday 3rd of February. Successful applicants will be expected to attend a volunteer induction on Tuesday 25 February. 

More information is available at, and the application form can be found here.

Published on: 
23 Jan 2014