The First World War was the first major conflict that had professional press photographers documenting daily life. Witness these photographs come to life through the Vimy Foundation’s digital colourization initiative.
When you look at old black and white photos, the past seems very far away. This is especially apparent with First World War photographs. And yet in the course of time, it was only yesterday.
In 2018, The Vimy Foundation, with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the R. Howard Webster Foundation launched a unique and innovative project to colourize images of the First World War, a project aimed at re-engaging young Canadians in a defining moment in our history.
The images featured within this project highlight the important battles in Canada’s history, but also life on the home front, wartime industries, the contributions of women, and advances in medical and communications technologies.
An original short film produced by the NFB in partnership with the Vimy Foundation. The Vimy Foundation is incredibly excited to have partnered with the National Film Board of Canada on an original short film featuring colourized First World War footage. The film, which premiered early November 2017, is the first time the NFB produced a film featuring colourized footage from their own archives.
They Fought in Colour is a photographic exploration of Canada’s First World War experience presented for the first time in full, vibrant colour, with commentary from some of our country’s leading public figures, including Paul Gross, Peter Mansbridge, Margaret Atwood, Tim Cook, and many others.
The Vimy Foundation, with the support of the Government of Canada presents an exciting new travelling exhibit: THE GREAT WAR IN COLOUR: A new look at Canada’s First World War effort – 1914-1918.
The exhibit features colourized First World War photos in addition to historical information and educational resources. Currently hosted by the Vimy Visitors Education Cente in Franve, the exhibt returns to Canada in Summer 2022.
This project was made possible thanks to the generous financial, creative and communication engagement of these institutions.
Thank you to our generous sponsors whose contributions helped shaped the Centennial Park.
in memory of those who served.
Remembered by their loving families and friends.
In loving memory of grandfather Pte. Hugh MacDougall, 1/1st Lovat’s Scouts Yeomanry Wounded at Gallipoli, Sept., 1915. Je Suis Prest.
In Memory of Lieutenant Leslie Miller
Asseyez-vous. Enjoy the view of freedom they would insist. John Adie RFA 1914-18.
On behalf of Husky Injection Molding Systems
Donated by the Province of New Brunswick
Perpetuated by: The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada
The people of Manitoba, Canada will never forget the many who fought and died for our freedom.
remembers those Albertans who served their country in the First World War, and subsequent wars.
We shall never forget their service and sacrifice.
a great Canadian, whose deep understanding of history afforded him a profound appreciation of the valour and the gritty determination displayed by his countrymen at Vimy.
We would like to thank our generous donors who helped bring this memorial to life with their kind contributions.
In honour of Corporal Samuel Lester Kelsall 58th Battalion 9th MGC 3rd Division
In memory of Lieutenant Henry (Harry) George Reginald Mews
in memory of Gunner Arthur Vickers and Private Arthur Fordham
Dedicated on behalf of the No Stone Left Alone Memorial Foundation, to all that rest upon this sacred Canadian land in France. We encourage all and especially, the world’s youth, to gaze upon its beauty and understand that the oak tree is a symbol of Bravery, Power, Protection and Truth. Please remember their sacrifices and the strength it took to defend us. We hope all will make a pledge, when they stand before it, to remember. May they be commemorated forever and our gratitude infinite. Peace be with you.
“But honor the sacred mem’ry / Of those who for honor tried” Frank S. Brown, The Pats, 1915.
in memory of Lieutenant-Colonel John H. Chipman, MC, VD
In memory of the brave souls who fought for our freedoms. We owe you immeasurable Gratitude.
Remembering Those Who Sacrificed Their Lives For Ours
In memory of LT T.J. Taylor, Cpl R. Anderson, and Pte W. Coolen
In Honour of James R. Sutherland Sr. 44th Bn(Manitoba)
in memory of Flight Lieutenant John Harvie Wiley
In memory of Robert Charles Peacock
in loving memory of of our grandfather Wilfrid J. Fagan
We will remember them. Forever grateful, the Tattersall family and Heathbridge Capital Management
In memory of Dr. W.R. Harwood
In memory of Frederick Thomas Lodge & John (Jack) Fraser
In honour of Private G. R. Mowforth
In loving memory of our ancestors who sacrificed for us all.
Thank you for your Gift of Freedom.
honours Sergeant Winfred (Fred) Alexander Glover, 21st Battalion, Canadian Infantry
We Will Remember You.
In memory of Thomas Wilson, 196th Battalion CEF
Truth, Duty, Valour / Vérité, Devoir, Vaillance
In memory of our beloved servicemen who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Requiescat in pace.
In memory of Graham Burton
In loving memory of Lieutenant Maurice Alexander Jaques, lost Sept 3, 1916
In memory of Major John Francis Costigan, 50th Battalion infantry. April 4th 1917 Canada.
In Memory of Lieutenant Leslie Miller
in memory of Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon M. Wyant, OC, CD, QHP
To honour ARLINGTON CLARKE and the many brave Canadians who fought at Vimy Ridge.
in memory of Pte Harry Franklin Ritz (78th Bn)
salute their perpetuated CEF battalions – 3rd, 15th, 58th, 83rd, 92nd, 95th, 123rd, 124th, 134th, 166th, 170th, 198th, 204th and 255th. We will remember them!
In memory of Pvt William Arthur Wilcox, 15th Bn, lost at Festubert, France May 21, 1915
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