Mapping Loss: Communities in War and Peace

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Welcome to Mapping Loss: Communities in War and Peace, a collection of  related sites that explore the experiences and legacies of war on communities across the UK. The website started as a project exploring Lancaster’s experiences in the First World War. The success of this project, and the enduring legacy of the First World War centenary, has led us to expand the site to be a portal and host for community projects across the UK. We are particularly interested in bringing the historical and technical expertise and facilities available in universities with the in-depth local knowledge and research that local community groups can bring. As a university, we are able to host and map the work of local groups while also ensuring that this research can be preserved in the long-term.

Mapping Loss Interactive: Allows community groups to upload their own material on casualties from the War so that it can be mapped and presented alongside material from other communities.


Although we have now expanded, this project started as Great War Lancaster, a collaboration between Lancaster Military Heritage Group (LMHG) and Lancaster University’s Department of History and School of Computing & Communications along with a range of other partners whose contributions are specified on particular sites.

The Great War Lancaster sites are:

Reveille: Lancaster War Memorials: Created by Lancaster Military Heritage Group, this site records details of war memorials in the Lancaster district and provides details about the 2,700 plus men and women named on them.

Streets of Mourning: A collaboration between LMHG and Lancaster University, this site draws on the Reveille: Lancaster War Memorials material, to provide details of the over 1,000 “Men of Lancaster” killed in the First World War. These can be investigated through a map-based interface that allows you to find details by street, by school, and by surname.

Lancaster in the Great War: Community Memories: This site takes stories and memories of Lancaster in the First World War. It draws on a combination of the Reveille material and the research, memories and artefacts donated by the general public.

The Great War Trail App: A self-guided walking tour of Lancaster in the Great War that can be downloaded to your smart-phone or similar device.