20 November 2017

CWGC launches new online archive

Hundreds of items from the CWGC’s treasured archive collection have been made available in digital form for the first time.


The new CWGC Archive Catalogue has initially made more than 600 items available online to the public. This includes digitised copies of the first 572 Commission Meeting Minutes from 1917 to 1986, and 96 Commission Annual Reports from 1919 to 2015.

This is the first time the Commission has digitised and released documents about its own history and the cemeteries and memorials it maintains. There will be regular releases of new digitised content over the next 12 months, including staff records, photographs, and architectural drawings and plans.

Andrew Fetherston, the CWGC’s archivist, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to find out more about the CWGC, and the individuals who have played a prominent role in its history. These include Sir Fabian Ware, the driving force behind the foundation of the Commission, Rudyard Kipling, its first literary advisor, and Sir Edwin Lutyens, the eminent architect who helped design some of the iconic memorials and cemeteries the CWGC maintains around the world.”

The Commission’s archive contains more than 16,300 items, which date from the very beginnings of the CWGC to the present day. The Commission’s library contains a further 2,700 books, pamphlets, magazines and other printed ephemera, mainly covering various aspects of the two world wars.

The new online catalogue contains listings of all of these items, which are available for viewing at the CWGC’s Head Office.

The Commission Archive