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Learn about projects aiming to help broaden the understanding of how the First World War continues to shape our world.

Craven and the First World War is a Heritage Lottery Funded project which aims to mark the centenary by building a greater understanding of life in Craven during the First World War through a series of events, exhibitions and performances.

The project involves a collection of community-focused organisations including Craven Museum and Gallery, Skipton Town Council, Ermysted’s Grammar School, The Skipton Academy, the Museum of North Craven Life in Settle, Craven’s Part in the Great War and North Yorkshire County Council.

The project is ongoing until 2019 and libraries will continue to play a key role in uncovering stories and sharing knowledge about this period of time. Upcoming new features include:

  • Raikeswood Camp Cartoon Project with Team Ketchup at Skipton library, autumn/winter 2017;
  • Refugee Film Project at Skipton library, spring 2018; and
  • Changing Landscapes Art Project at Bentham, Ingleton and Settle community libraries, winter 2018 and spring 2019.

First World War items in our catalogue

We have a wide range of First World War-related DVDs, books and other publications available from our library catalogue.

War in the air

Title Author
Across the Blood-red Skies Robert Radcliffe
Bloody April: Slaughter in the Skies over Arras, 1917 Peter Hart
Blue Yonder Alan Savage
A Contemptible Little Flying Corps Ian McInnes
Five Years in the Royal Flying Corps James McCudden
Flying Ace: Jack Fairfax, Royal Flying Corps 1915-1918 Jim Eldridge
The Flatpack Bombers: The Royal Navy and the Zeppelin Menace Ian Gardiner
No Parachute Arthur Gould Lee
Wings Over the Desert: In Action with an RFC pilot in Palestine 1916-18 Desmond Seward
Surviving the Skies: A Night Bomber Pilot in the Great War Joe Bamford
Zeppelin in Combat: History of the German Naval Airship Division, 1912-1918 Douglas H. Robinson

War at sea

Title Author
The Battle of Jutland Jon Sutherland and Diane Canwell
Massacre at Jutland Duncan Harding
Standing Alone Jim Eldridge
Imperial War Museum Book of the War at Sea, 1914-18 Julian Thompson
War at Sea, 1914-45 Bernard Ireland
Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany and the Winning of the Great War at Sea Robert K. Massie
K Boat Catastrophe - Eight Ships and Five Collisions: The Full Story of the 'Battle of the Isle of May' N.S. Nash
Lusitania: An Irish Tragedy Senan Molony
Naval Warfare, 1914-1918: From Coronel to the Atlantic and Zeebrugge Tim Benbow
"Q" Boat Adventures Harold Auten
Royal Navy Handbook: 1914-1918 David Wragg
Smoke and Mirrors: Q-ships against the U-boats in the First World War Deborah Lake
The War on Hospital Ships, 1914-1918 Stephen McGreal
Wilful Murder: The Sinking of the Lusitania Diana Preston
Remember Scarborough: A Result of the First Arms Race of the Twentieth Century Bob Clarke
From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow: The Royal Navy in the Fisher Era, 1904-1919 Volume 1, The Road to War, 1904-1914 Arthur Jacob Marder

The Eastern Front

Title Author
The Eastern Front 1914-1920: From Tannenberg to the Russo-Polish War David Jordan and Michael S. Neiberg
The Russian Army in World War I W. Rutherford

The Gallipoli Campaign

Title Author
Damn the Dardanelles! The Agony of Gallipoli John Laffin
The Dardanelles Disaster: Winston Churchill's Greatest Failure Dan Van der Vat
Defeat at Gallipoli Nigel Steel and Peter Hart
Gallipoli by Rober Rhodes James Robert Rhodes James
Gallipoli: Our Last Man Standing: The Extraordinary Life of Alec Campbell Jonathon King
Gallipoli: The Fatal Shore Harvey Broadbent
Gallipoli: The Final Story Robin Prior
Gallipoli by Peter Hart Peter Hart
Gallipoli: The Ottoman Campaign Edward J. Erickson
Gallipoli Memories Compton Mackenzie
Grasping Gallipoli: Terrain, Maps and Failure at the Dardanelles, 1915 Peter Chasseaud and Peter Doyle
Hell's Foundations: A Town, its Myths and Gallipoli Geoffrey Moorhouse
History of the Great War - Military Operations, Gallipoli vol:1 Aspinall-Oglande
History of the Great War - Military Operations, Gallipoli vol:2 Aspinall-Oglande
Man of War: The Secret Life of Captain Alan Hillgarth, Officer, Adventurer, Agent Duff Hart-Davis
The Man with the Donkey: John Simpson Kirkpatrick, the Good Samaritan of Gallipoli Irving Benson
To Hell and Back: The Banned Account of Gallipoli (large print) Sydney Loch
War Diaries: A Chaplain at Gallipoli: The Great War Diaries of Kenneth Best edited by Gavin Roynon

War in the Middle East

Title Author
Forgotten Soldiers of the First World War: Lost Voices from the Middle Eastern Front David R. Woodward
Last Crusade: The Palestine Campaign in the First World War Anthony Bruce
Wings Over the Desert: In Action with an RFC Pilot in Palestine 1916-18 Desmond Seward
Seven Pillars of Wisdom T.E. Lawrence
Revolt in the Desert T. E. Lawrence
Lawrence of Arabia: The Authorised Biography of T. E. Lawrence Jeremy Wilson
Lawrence of Arabia: Mirage of a Desert War Adrian Greaves

War in Africa

Title Author
Tip and Run: The Untold Tragedy of the Great War in Africa Edward Paice

The Italian Front

Title Author
The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919 Mark Thompson

The war at home

Title Author
Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One Kate Adie
The Home Front: Civilian Life in World War One Peter Cooksley
The Home Front in World War One S. C. Lomax
All Quiet on the Home Front: An Oral History of Life in Britain During the First World War Richard van Emden and Steve Humphries
The Deluge: British Society and the First World War Arthur Marwick
The Last Great War: British Society and the First World War Adrian Gregory
Singled out: how two million women survived without men after the First World War Virginia Nicholson

War art

Title Author
Women War Artists Kathleen Palmer
The War Artists British Official War Art of the Twentieth Century Merion and Susie Harries
Paul Nash: Modern Artist, Ancient Landscape Jemima Montagu
In Search of the Better 'ole: The Life, the Works and the Collectables of Bruce Bairnsfather Tonie and Valmai Holt

First World War atlases

Title Author
Routledge Atlas of the First World War Martin Gilbert
Viking Atlas of World War I Anthony Livesy
World War I Stewart Ross

General history

Title Author
Blindfold and alone: British military executions in the Great War Cathryn Corns and John Hughes-Wilson
Boy soldiers of the Great War Richard Van Emden
The Great War and Modern Memory Paul Fussell
The Guns of August: the classic bestselling account of the outbreak of the First World War Barbara Wertheim Tuchman


Title Author
Goodbye To All That Robert Graves
Testament of youth: an autobiographical study of the years 1900-1925 Vera Brittain


Title Author
A fine brother: the life of Captain Flora Sandes Louise Miller
Edith Cavell Diana Souhami
The last fighting Tommy Harry Patch, Richard Van Emden
Title Summary
A Region at War A Region at War looks at the impact of war in Yorkshire, from the patriotic fervour that greeted the outbreak of the First World War through to the impact on people's lives at home during the years of the Second World War.
A Very Long Engagement The Great War rages and a young woman waits for her fiancé to return. When she receives the news that he is dead she chooses not to believe it and sets off to find out what has happened to him.
Aces High A naive young officer straight from school arrives on the Western Front to fight the air war against the Germans. 
All Quiet on the Western Front Lewis Milestone's epic screen adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's anti-war novel stars Lew Ayres as one of a group of German teenagers who enlist after hearing a stirring speech from their professor. They soon discover that war is less about noble ideas and sacrifice than it is about pain, humiliation, suffering and death.
All the King's Men This BBC drama portrays the events leading up to and surrounding the disappearance at Gallipoli in 1915 of the Sandringham Company, made up of the King's household staff.
Beneath Hill 60 Australian drama based on the true story of a frontline campaign that took place in Belgium in 1917.
Birdsong TV adaption Two-part TV adaptation of Sebastian Faulks's best-selling novel, charting a doomed love story played out against the backdrop of the First World War.
Blackadder Goes Forth All six episodes from the fourth series of the popular comedy show.
Downton Abbey - series two Series two of this popular family television saga deals with the time around the First World War.
Doctor Zhivago Doctor Zhivago struggles for survival during the fragmented background of the Russian Revolution, fighting for ideals whilst maintaining his dual occupations of poet and surgeon.
Flyboys The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered the First World War, and became the country's first fighter pilots.
Gallipoli Mark Lee and Mel Gibson play Archy and Frank, two rival sprinters who become friends and decide to sign up with the Anzacs. Travelling from Australia to exotic Egypt is an adventure at first, but soon the pair must meet their destiny in the trenches of Gallipoli.
Joyeux Noel On the Western Front, December 1914, war is raging and heavy casualties have been sustained on both sides. Out of the chaos and slaughter, a miracle takes place as on Christmas Day, the soldiers of both sides meet in No Man's Land and celebrate festivities with a game of football.
My Boy Jack Author Rudyard Kipling and his wife search for their 18-year-old son after he goes missing during the First World War.
Private Peaceful Set in the fields of Devon and the First World War battlefields of Flanders, two brothers fall for the same girl while contending with the pressures of their feudal family life, the war, and the price of courage and cowardice.
The African Queen In Africa during the First World War, a gin-swilling riverboat owner/captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.
The Blue Max During the First World War the Blue Max was the Luftwaffe's most coveted honour. Combat pilot Bruno Stachel (George Peppard) is determined to win it at whatever cost - even if it means betraying his own squadron. James Mason co-stars as the commander who threatens to thwart Stachel's ambitions.
The Monocled Mutineer After leading a rebellion at the Etaples training camp in northern France just prior to the Battle of Passchendaele, Private Percy Toplis (Paul McGann) adopts a monocle, disguises himself as an officer and escapes. He begins an affair with Dorothy (Cheri Lunghi), a beautiful young widow, but it is not long before the army are on his trail.
War Horse by Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg directs this drama based on Michael Morpurgo's novel about a boy who searches for his horse after it is taken away to serve in the First World War.