What happened in my area?
As you will have discovered, the First World War was closer to home than you might think. Before you start recording you will need to investigate your local area to find a site to record. We need you discover First World War sites, buildings and remains where you live!
How do I find a site?
Archaeologists discover sites to investigate by doing research. You too can do your own Archaeological research and there are many places you can use to discover First World War sites where you live.
A great place to start your search is Google. A Google search can reveal local history blog posts about the Home Front in your area and other valuable clues.
Use search terms such as 'WW1 (The name of where you live)' or 'WW1 Home Front (The name of where you live)' to start your investigation.
Don't forget Museums, Archives and Libraries!
Check out your Local Museums and Archives. They may hold termporary exhibitions to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Search online to find exhibitions in your area.
Visit your Library to read local history books. Books are a great source of information that you can use to discover the Home Front.
TOP SECRET mission
Continue your journey as a Home Front Legacy Archaeologist by discovering and researching sites where you live.
Your mission is to discover local Home Front sites using online resources. Are you up for the challenge? Start your mission by clicking a link below.
Home Front Legacy App Explorer
Your mission is to investigate First World War sites using the HFL recording app.
Before you start this mission ask an adult to register at www.homefrontlegacy.org.uk to access the HFL app.
Start your search by typing the name of your City, Town or Village into the Binoculars button search menu. Remember, you can also use a postcode for your search.
When you have found where you live, click on the Red Pins in the area to see the records for recorded sites.
Why not have a go at learning more about the sites you discover.
You could search the internet for more information. A quick search of Google may also reveal more sites for you to investigate!
Discover an Auxiliary Hospital
Extra hospitals were needed to treat the large numbers of injured soldiers returning from the front lines. New hospitals were set up in every day buildings, many of them staffed by civilian nurses. These extra hospitals became known as 'Auxiliary Hospitals'.
Your mission is to discover an Auxiliary Hospital near to where you live!
A list of all known Auxiliary Hospitals can be found on the Red Cross website.
Take a look here to see what you can find
Find your county on the list and look at the names of the hospitals. A search of the internet using that name may reveal the location of the Hospital.
How many hospitals were in your county? Can you identify their location today?
Historic Environment Record Detective
The Historic Environment Record and National Monuments Record store information about archaeological sites, historic buildings and areas of historical interest. These records are used by Archaeologists and Historians to find sites to investigate.
You are a Home Front Legacy Site Investigator and your mission is to explore the Historic Environment Record and National Monuments Record to discover new sites.
You can search for Historic Environment Records using the Heritage Gateway and Pastscape websites.
The More Detailed Search and Advanced Search allows you to set the location ('Where') and date ('When') for your search. Type the name of your City, Town or Village in the 'Where' section and select 'First World War' in the 'When' section.
Click 'Search' to start your investigation.
Have a play around with the search function and see what you discover. Most importantly, have fun!
Can you discover any First World War sites that are not recorded on the HFL Map of Sites?
If you do find an unrecorded site you can have a go at recording it. Choose one unrecorded site to investigate further, you can always choose another site once this site is recorded.