The Great War Project

“A Nation that sings can never be beaten–each song is a milestone on the road to victory”, Leo Feist, music publisher

The site summarises an application made to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a grant to create the UK’s first comprehensive open access digital library of the popular music and related historical scholarship for the years 1914 to 1918 and immediately beyond. By the end of the project funding period a corpus of 300 to 500 key songs will have been identified, catalogued, richly documented, and–for the most part–published online as freely accessible audio files, such that the popular music of the period will have been better interpreted and its social relevance explained. The site serves further purposes: [i] as a blog documenting the progress of the project; Music Will Win The War[ii] as a project scrapbook for collecting and organising documents and bibliographic resources we may use in the creation of the library; [iii] as a demonstration to the funders that the project is well managed; and [iv] as a portal for crowdsourcing (see next paragraph).

Where do you, the Reader, fit into this project?  Ours is a rather unconventional heritage project by HLF standards: rather than it being based on an existing well-defined collection we shall instead be seeking items in both original and digital format from heterogeneous sources, including ‘crowdsourcing’ of relevant material.  Do you have items to contribute?  If so, please do send it to us via the Contributor page; or, if you would prefer to discuss it with us before submitting, please get in touch with us via the Contact Us form (select the ‘I have items to contribute to your project’ option)–we’d love to hear from you!

Please use the ‘Music Will Win The War‘ drop-down menu above to browse the proposal.  We’ll also be posting photos, posters, newspaper clips, sheet music, and other documents that we think will turn out to be useful for the project–you can find these under the Media menu.  To learn something about the reasons behind the project proposal, click here.  We regard the educational activities to be core to the project, a way to transform ‘that heritage into ‘Our Heritage’.  Explore the items in the Learning menu to find out what we’ll be doing.  Finally, be sure to read our blog!

Christopher Hutchison
Project leader, Music Will Win The War
Learning Works in Europe CIC

Wednesday, 26th March 2014