Explore our World War I Collections

These pages highlight just a selection of the extensive collections the Library has been acquiring since the end of the War.

More content will be added as items are digitised. Browse by collection format or theme, or explore through stories written by curators, historians and researchers.

Visit the about the World War I collections page to find out more. Discover the full extent of our collections by searching the Library’s catalogues.

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Box 8 Item 17 – Hugh Venables Vernon miscellaneous papers, 1916-1919.
Handmade protection with steely look and stylish upper lip!

At first glance it is apparent that this garment would have been quite difficult to actually put on, due to the tight fit. Undoubtedly handcrafted by a loved one, it has been photographed in action by the  wearer, as intended. I particularly like the attention to detail on the moustache – possibly one of the few things that a man in his position had complete control over.

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