Twittering WWI history

A new Twitter storytelling project is about to start. Oxford’s World War I Centenary Project is organizing a tweeting of the Battle of Arras (1917).

The hashtag #arras95 marks out each updated item, both by the Project’s team (on Twitter) and by interested Twitter users. Other media will be involved, including maps and archival images.¬†Here are directions for participation.

Why do this?

@Arras95 will surface a key, but lesser taught, turning point of the War, providing an innovative opportunity for others to learn about and engage in discussion about this historical event. @Arras95 will increase the visibility of open content around this one focal point, providing teachers, students and the general public with a wealth of resources for free use and adaption.

It’s a good example of what I call “temporally structured archival blogging.”

Tweets are already being emitted:

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