World War One in Tower Hamlets – Volunteers needed

To mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives is embarking on a major series of events with the
help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A touring exhibition will be developed to examine how local residents lived throughout
the years 1914 – 1918. In addition, a new digitised resource will be created based on the Poplar Military Service Tribunal, 1916-1918. The Register contains some 3,500 names of men seeking exemption from the call-up to military service and will be made freely available online to help people researching their family history. It will also provide new insights into the war’s impact on the local economy and life on the home front, as well as the history of conscientious objectors.

We are seeking volunteers to

  • Undertake indexing of the Register – inputting names, addresses and other information from the handwritten register into a spreadsheet. This can be done from home via a computer.
  • Help to research the history of WW1 in the archives to develop the exhibition
  • Assist with public events to commemorate the centenary to be held this August

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Gary Haines, World War One in Tower Hamlets Project Co-Ordinator, via email on or call Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives on 020 7364 1290.

The project will run from June-September 2014.

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