This website provides you with resources for exploring and recording places, buildings, structures and earthworks associated with the First World War (WW1) and its Home Front in Britain.
View sites, records and archive materials online, and start to complete your recording form, by following our links to national and local records.
Site recording guide
This features practical information for planning and conducting a field recording exercise. The guide also features a series of ‘toolbox talk’ instructional videos. Sites are recorded using our on-line and mobile recording App, simply Register and Log In to access.
Ensure you have permission to visit if the site is on private land and that you have undertaken a risk assessment for your field work.
The Home Front in Britain Handbook
This latest CBA Practical Handbook forms part of the CBA-led project to record the physical legacy of the First World War on the Home Front.
This book provides invaluable background information for anyone interested in identifying and recording remains of the Home Front and is extensively illustrated.
Copies are available via Oxbowbooks
Find out more about Britain’s First World War Home Front in this blog post by Wayne Cocroft, Historic England’s Senior Investigator. The blog can be found at Casemate UK
Wayne Cocroft’s presentation for the Home Front Legacy Day School, Waltham Abbey is now available online- The First World War: England’s Home Front Legacy
Map of sites
Look up the latest sites submitted through the project on our UK online map and see recording data, associated documents and site images. Use th on line map to search for site types that have already been plotted, You can look at our national distribution patter to see where the gaps on our map are. You can use the binocular function to search your local area.
See the wealth of exciting projects and good practice taking place across the UK for the 2014-18 Centenary.
First World War projects
Keep up with other Home Front and First World War recording projects in Britain and follow them on social media.
Historic Environment Record services
Find out more about local Historic Environment Record services which can help you identify sites and suggest projects.
Presentations about local Historic Environment Records are a feature of the Home Front Legacy Day Schools.
An introduction to HERs for the study of the First World War. Keith Elliot.
HER First World War Centenary Enhancement – Fact Sheets
Some HERs have prepared specific fact sheets relating to the First World War Centenary. These offer guidance as well as identifying potential focus for research.
Follow the project
Upload your site photos to our Flickr page, follow us on Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to our email updates. If you are not ready to start recording yet, use this website and our social media channels to keep up with other recording projects and get inspired!