Searching For Traces Of 1914 Contact About the project

About the project

One topic, four museums, four countries and well over 100 pupils – that could be one description of the project “Spurensuche 1914 im Museum” (Searching for Traces of 1914 in the Museum). For one year (school term 2012/2013), the project group has worked on the topic of the First World War. In groups, the participating pupils chose one specific topic that they found especially interesting. For this, they began searching for traces: In museums, archives, with family and friends and in their home villages. The results of the various projects can be found on this website!

The occasion for the project is the commemorative year 2014, the year of the centenary that will mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. The LVR-Industriemuseum gave the impetus for the internet-based and medial cooperation between schools and museums in France, Belgium, Poland and Germany. In the foreground was the idea that the pupils may find new approaches to the history of the First World War through their own research and local discoveries. The cooperation with international partners supplemented the different regional perspectives with a European angle of view.

In the course of the project, the participating museums compiled a digital collection of exhibits from the time around 1914 on an internal online communication platform. The pupils also uploaded their findings. Furthermore, the exchange and the coordination of the work by everyone taking part in the project took place via this platform – of course in English. The young people transferred their research results into creative medial contributions for the virtual exhibition. You can find these contributions on this web page. The range of topics that the pupils chose themselves covers areas such as the home front, propaganda, (war) industry, childhood, culture and religion. Media forms such as photo montages, texts, presentations, sound stories, videos and animations were created and are waiting to be discovered. Prof. Bärbel Kuhn, Chair for Didactics of History at the University of Siegen, offered assistance throughout the project as a scientific partner. The LVR Zentrum für Medien und Bildung assumed the role of media pedagogic consultation.

Prof. Bärbel Kuhn, Chair for Didactics of History at the University of Siegen, offered assistance throughout the project as a scientific partner. The LVR Zentrum für Medien und Bildung assumed the role of media pedagogic consultation.

Project partners:

Ecomusée Creusot-Montceau, Creusot-Montceau (FR) http://www.ecomusee-creusot-montceau.fr/

Lycée Léon Blum, Le Creusot http://www.lyceeblum-creusot.fr/

Muzeum Slaskie, Katowice (PL) http://www.muzeumslaskie.pl/


Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace nr 3, Gliwice http://www.iii-lo.gliwice.pl/

GrenzGeschichte DG, Autonome Hochschule in der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft, Eupen (BE) http://www.grenzgeschichte.eu/

Bischöfliche Schule St. Vith, St. Vith http://www.bsti.be/

LVR-Industriemuseum, Oberhausen (GER) http://www.industriemuseum.lvr.de/de/oberhausen/oberhausen.html


Gymnasium im Gustav-Heinemann-Schulzentrum, Dinslaken http://www.gymnasiumhiesfeld.de/

LVR-Industriemusem, Solingen (GER) http://www.industriemuseum.lvr.de/de/solingen/solingen_1.html

Humboldtgymnasium Solingen http://www.humboldtgymnasium-solingen.de/

Ruhr Museum Essen (GER) http://www.ruhrmuseum.de/


LVR-InfoKom, Köln (GER) http://www.infokom.lvr.de/

LVR-Zentrum für Medien und Bildung, Düsseldorf (GER) http://www.medien-und-bildung.lvr.de/de/startseite.html

Historisches Seminar der Universität Siegen, Prof. Dr. Bärbel Kuhn (GER) http://www.uni-siegen.de/phil/geschichte/lehrstuehle/dgng/?lang=de