Join us to create a view of life 100 years ago today.
You can participate in this project in different ways – from just reading about events, lives and stories as they unfold daily – to actively contributing to a shared timeline of New Zealand's social history.
What are we tweeting?
We are sharing excerpts from 100-year-old diaries, newspapers and other information sources. These excerpts are direct quotes from this day in history exactly 100 years ago.
Contribute to Life 100 Years Ago
Set up a Twitter account for someone from the past - high commitment
If you can Tweet from a diary or a series of letters etc by a New Zealander (or someone with a strong connection to New Zealand) anywhere between the years 1913 and 1919, please get in touch.
Participating isn't difficult but it does take a bit of time commitment and editorial judgement. We can help.
In your initial email, please let us know:
- About the source (e.g. who wrote it)
- What kinds of events, experiences or subject matter it covers
- When it was written (e.g. every day, from 5 August 1913-18; during September 1919 etc)
- Whether it is available online, or you can make it available online (this is desirable but not essential)
- Why you think it should be included on the shared timeline (e.g. we currently don't have any sources who are women or children or tangata whenua.)
- What commitment you can make to Tweeting.
It would also be great if you can send us some sample content from the original source, such as a scan of a diary page or letter.
You’ll need time to identify daily quotes following our guidelines and to share them on Twitter (exactly 100 years later to the day, i.e. 25 April 1914 on 25 April 2014). There are free scheduling tools to help you out with this.
We're also keeping a list of sources that you can Tweet from if you don't have your own. See below for details.
Your Tweets won't appear on Life 100 Years Ago until we connect you up. From time to time we may need to limit the number of sources we add to the shared timeline - but don't let this stop you from participating.
Occasional Tweets - medium commitment
You may have the occasional postcard or letter or photo from a particular day 100 years ago that doesn't warrant setting up a designated Twitter account.
In this case, follow our editorial guidelines and Tweet the excerpt on the same day 100 years later using the project hashtag (#WW100). It's best to let us know in advance you'll be tweeting on a given day - either by email or by following WW100 on Twitter.
In special cases, we can also endeavour to Tweet on a given day for you if you don't have a Twitter account - we're particularly interested in sources that have photographs and visual material.
Provide a source for someone else to Tweet - low commitment
We’re also building a list of sources that have been published online but have nobody to Tweet them. Let us know if this applies to you, and you’d be happy with someone Tweeting on your behalf.
Sources looking for a Tweeter
- August 2014: The Great Adventure - New Zealand Soldiers Describe the First World War (Allen & Unwin, 1988) - edited by Jock Phillips, Nicholas Boyack & E.P.Malone contains excerpts from the unpublished diaries and letters of eight New Zealand soldiers, from 6 August 1914 onwards.
If you choose to Tweet from one of these sources, let us know so we can remove it from the list.
This project is open to anyone to participate in – including school students. Depending on the age of your students and school policies, you could be followers on Twitter or the website; or contributors.
#WW100 is used to identify Tweets that are published exactly 100 years later to the day from the date in history that they were originally created - in New Zealand time.
This hashtag may change in the future - you will be notified of any changes. In 2013, the hashtag was #WW1913.
Reading, transcribing and excerpting someone’s diary is a wonderful way to see the world (in this case the world of 100 years ago) through another person’s eyes.
Participation means you’ll be contributing to the aims of WW100, the First World War centenary Programme, such as helping New Zealanders understand the impact of the First World War on New Zealand families and on those who served abroad.
Depending on the source you choose, you may also be able to enrich their record on the memorial Cenotaph Database.
This project allows you to do something local, national and global to commemorate the Centenary. It could lead to further interest in the source and new projects, and by contributing you will be part of a national collaboration that shares New Zealand content with the world.
Follow Life 100 Years Ago
@life100yearsago on Twitter
The @life100yearsago account groups together all of the different diarists and information sources contributing to the project. You don't have to be a Twitter user to view this account.
Follow this account if you want to get a sense of life 100 years ago today from multiple perspectives but don’t want to follow each of the sources individually. The number of contributors to this group feed will grow as the project gains momentum.
Individual sources on Twitter
You can also find them via the attribution statement in the tweets. For example, in the following excerpt clicking on @adkin_diary will take you to the Twitter feed for George Leslie Adkin's diary.
Follow a selection of individual voices to create your own personal 'history channel' on Twitter.