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First World War Online Archive Coming Soon!

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

Commenting on the project, Lieutenant-General Sir Philip Trousdell, former Chairman of AMOT stated:

“In The Ogilby Muster, the Army Museums 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’

‘‘I am a firm believer in getting all museums to make a determined and sustained effort to do their best.’’

Colonel Robert J L Ogilby DSO DL TD

The development of Army museums in the UK is a century old tradition. Aimed at raising public understanding of the Army and what it is to be a soldier, Army museums hold a wealth of collections which chart the social, political, and economic history of Britain. These museums often began life as loose collections looked after by one person within the Regiment, and gradually formed into museums as both the museum sector changed and the Army began to recognise the value of its own heritage. 

Alongside the Regimental and Corps museums, exists the Army Museums Ogilby Trust (AMOT). AMOT was established in 1954 specifically to aid the commemoration of Regimental and Corps history, and to provide support and access to collections and archives which tell these stories. 

Extract from Scoping the Army Museums Sector. A full digital version is available under Resources.

"AMOT is not a large organisation, but it is widely acknowledged that no other single body has done more for the development of Army museums, and hence for the preservation of our military heritage."

Clements Report, 2006