Dutch Network of War Collections wins GLAMi

Dutch Network of War Collections wins international innovation prize with Warlives.org

The Dutch Network of War Collections (Netwerk Oorlogsbronnen) has won a prestigious GLAMi Award with its Warlives.org (Oorlogslevens.nl) website. The GLAMi Awards are one of the most important international prizes in the field of cultural heritage and innovation. In other categories, winners this year included the Smithsonian Institution and The Getty.

The Awards are presented every year during the MuseWeb Conference in the United States. With 800 participants from 40 countries, MuseWeb is the largest museum innovation and technology conference in the world. This community of leading professionals has been meeting since 1997 and each year it recognizes the best innovations in cultural heritage by way of the GLAMi Awards. The event, which is sponsored by Microsoft and Google Arts & Culture, was held online this year due to coronavirus measures.

Warlives.org won in the category of ‘Exhibition or Collection Extension: Web’, which recognizes digital applications that enrich collections beyond the physical walls of cultural institutions. The Rijksmuseum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others, were nominated in the same category.


Warlives.org is the starting point for research on the personal histories of eyewitnesses during the Second World War. Nearly 30 organizations from the Dutch Network of War Collections, including the Arolsen Archives, one of IHRA's Permanent International Partners, participated in the project. 2.5 million name citations from the participants' collections and databases were used to reconstruct the lives of some 300,000 witnesses of war. Using timelines, the project presents the lives of these individuals in a clear manner. Warlives.org is constantly developing, and further research is made easier by referring visitors to available sources.

Warlives.org was developed by the Dutch Network of War Collections (a network of more than 100 collaborating organizations) together with partners. Warlives.org was set up with support from its main sponsor, the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, and with the help of contributions from the vfonds (National Foundation of Peace, Freedom and Veteran Support) and the Mondriaan Fund. The technology that links information from different available name databases was developed by Spinque and the Dutch Network of War Collections. The website Warlives.org was designed and built by Driebit.


For more about the War Lives project, see also the Netwerk Oorlogsbronnen YouTube channel.

Photo: Warlives.org makes it easy to search for people from the Second World War era. Credit: Warlives.org