British views of an antique land: Imaging Egypt and Palestine in the First World War

Greetings from Egypt postcard from the First World War

Heritage Grants

CARDIFF, , Wales
Cardiff University
£50900
This project focuses on collecting and making accessible images of Egypt and Palestine as they would have been seen by people during the First World War.

During the First World War, Egypt was a transit point for troops en route for the Dardanelles, an intelligence base for campaigns against the Ottoman Empire, and in particular the base from which the Palestine Campaign was launched.

Up until now, access to images relating to this area of conflict have been limited and information on how the region was seen by those who visited it, and who lives there, has often seemed inaccessible.

This project is building up a visual history of this period by gathering images taken by service personnel, British residents in the region and families of Egyptians. Volunteers will receive training and develop skills in digital media and heritage presentation and photographs will be displayed on a website. The website will be developed into an online learning resource offering new views of archaeological sites, military installations and cities as they appeared during the war.

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