First World War Digital Archive now online

Following a 4-year project funded by a LIBOR grant from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Army Museums Ogilby Trust (AMOT) is excited to launch The Ogilby Muster (TOM). TOM is an online platform that gives users access to First World War archives held in Regimental Museums across the UK.

With over 75 participating collections, and more scheduled to join in 2022, TOM includes over 2 million items of never-before-seen material. Covering the period 1900 to 1929, the platform holds documents, photographs, letters, diaries and more, all related to the British Army and the men and women who served. Launching during Remembrance month, TOM has preserved the experiences and memories of those who served in the First World War for future generations.

TOM will be an essential tool for anyone interested in the military, social or family history. You can use it from the comfort of your own home, exploring material that is held across the UK while staying in one location. With all material digitised, users can search knowing that there is a visual copy available to see. If you need any extra direction, you will be able to contact the relevant museums directly and speak to their expert Archivists and Curators.

The Hon. Mrs Katherine Swinfen Eady, Trustee of the Army Museums Ogilby Trust, commented:
“With the opening of the TOM Platform, we are given a wonderful key to unlock history. As historians this is an invaluable gift, as family members researching their beloved lost relatives, it is equally as important. TOM allows us to piece together the truth left behind by the subjects, to build up that wonderful pattern of a jigsaw and find the missing fragments of information. It is especially important as it will help us all further our knowledge and understanding of not just the military side of the First World War, but the social aspect of an event in history that affected and shaped this country and the world.”

Lieutenant General Sir Philip Trousdell, former Chairman of the Army Museums Ogilby Trust added:
“In The Ogilby Muster, the Army Museum Ogilby Trust has created an enormously powerful research tool for students, family researchers, historians and those with even a casual interest in the First World War. This project honours the memories and experiences of those who served in the Army in ‘The War to End all Wars’, their families and their communities. The museums from which these archives have been mustered have rich collections of artefacts ready for you to examine.”

The Ogilby Muster will go live from Wednesday 3rd November 2021.

About The Army Museums Ogilby Trust

The Army Museums Ogilby Trust exists to represent, support and promote the Regimental and Corps museums of the British Army. Founded in 1954 by Colonel Robert Ogilby DSO DL, our network is made up of over 140 Army museums and collections.

Whether you want to visit an Army museum, research family history or find advice on how to care for military objects, we are here to help.
As a member of AMOT, museums are able to access funding, training and events. We provide specialist advice on governance, collections, audience and research. We represent Army museums to the wider heritage sector as well as organisations such as the Ministry of Defence and Charity Commission.
We help with the long-term support and care of the rich history represented within the many Army museums across the UK.
For press enquiries: Please contact Jennifer Allison atinfo@armymuseums.org.uk or phone 01722 332 188.