What do newspapers reveal about the Great War? A whole lot, apparently. People got their news from written sources in times of no social media, television or radio. They might have read one of the numerous dailies or local papers to get updates on the (home)front. Newspapers were essential for the inquisitive civilian. The new website belgianpressfromthegreatwar.be elaborates on the role and importance of newspapers from the First World War and shows the way to 380.000 digitised newspaper pages from 1914-1918, including the ones from the VIAA digitisation project News from the Great War.
To make the unmistakable importance of this heritage tangible, we presented a solid dossier in 2017 together with vzw Flanders Heritage Library, FARO, PACKED, State Archives of Belgium/CegeSoma and KBR (Royal Library of Belgium), to have it included in the UNESCO Memory of the World register. Unfortunately, the collection was not approved by UNESCO, together with various other dossiers regarding war heritage. In order to save the content of the dossier, the Flanders Heritage Library transformed it to a website for Belgian newspapers from the First World War.