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Welcome to Kent in WW1, enabling you to share your stories of the towns and people of Coastal Kent in World War 1.

Visit your town to discover images of people and events and their actual locations within your town during the First World War. Ensure that your family’s story is told by contributing* a photograph, postcard or memory.

Journey along the coast of Kent to other towns to discover more about the rich history of Kent during the First World War; including a secret port, two restricted zones, refugees and much more.

Read actual post cards for a glimpse into life during the First World War on the Discovery tab or a fictional account of life for a young nurse and soldier on the Rose & Joe tab.

*It is our policy to fully attribute all contributions.

Your Town in WW1



Echoes from the Kent Coast - The Kent in WW1 Film

Kent in WW1 commissioned this short film from award-winning director Nichola Bruce, to illustrate the world of hidden stories and connections that mark Kent and its people out as particularly important in the impact and legacy of the First World War.

Nichola Bruce, with long-term collaborator Sam Sharples, bring a taste of the stories from Coastal Kent in the First World War alive. Working closely with the Screen South Kent in WW1 research team, led by Darrienne Price, the film is supported by local people and their families who have allowed us to reflect on some very personal stories echoing down the century.

Local heritage groups and organisations have been very generous in opening up their archive and giving us their time to discuss the unique contribution played by Kent communities. We are also grateful to the Imperial War Museum for their support on archive moving image research and inclusion.

The film evokes an impression of the war years in Coastal Kent and aims to set the viewer on a journey of exploration into the multi-faceted contribution made by Kent at that time and its ripple effect on future generations.

Kent in WW1 Trails

Kent in WW1 Trails

Discover the WW1 heritage of Kent towns with our WW1 pathway trails. Explore coastal Kent, and discover the stories of Kent in WW1 in the locations where they actually took place. Click here to see our Trails.

Kent in WW1 Mobile App

Kent in WW1 Mobile App

Our new Kent in WW1 App is fully integrated with the Kent in WW1 website, and is available completely free of charge across all platforms from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and more.

Explore our WW1 pathway trails. Keep updated with our latest content and videos. Learn about WW1 events taking place in your area.

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The images above are from a development version, and are not representative of the final app in terms of content or design.