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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Volunteer opportunity for First World War project (UK National Archives)

Volunteer opportunity for First World War project (UK)We will soon start to digitise the WO 95 record series, which consists of unit war diaries from the First World War. The series is one of the most requested in our reading rooms in Kew, and digitising it means that we will be able to make the diaries more accessible by publishing them online. The series is extremely fragile, largely due to its age and popularity, so we will carry out essential conservation work while we digitise it. Our war diaries research guide explains the importance of these records for researchers. We are looking for volunteers to help us ensure that the pages within the 5,500 pieces of WO 95 series are in the correct order before we scan them. Can you spare us a few hours of your time to help us sort and re-order them? The work involves handling original documents and will take place at The National Archives in Kew, but you don't need to be familiar with the series to volunteer as we will provide training and supervision. All volunteers will have to pass our security clearance, and we can offer basic travel expenses

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