And the Winners of the Christmas Run 2016 are…

Congratulations to Corinna Pichler, David Gadiou and Sue Bryant, our Top 3 champions of the Run. In recognition of their outstanding effort, our three winners will each receive a copy of HIDDEN STORIES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR by Jackie Storer. The British Library publication brings to life some of the most well-loved stories of Europeana 1914-1918.

We also want to congratulate all of our transcribers for their hard work in this special Run. Together, we have transcribed over 1,600 documents and more than 1.5 million characters in six languages in the short time of a month– what an incredible feat!

Thank you very much to everyone who took part. We also welcomed 80 new recruits during the course of the Christmas Run, with some of them reaching champion level not long after signing up. Their commitment has been very inspiring.

We hope that all of our recruits, runners and champions keep up the great work in the New Year 2017.


Join the Christmas Run 2016!

When war was declared in August 1914, many thought the fighting would be over by Christmas. For many, Christmas was a time of goodwill towards others, a time for family and a celebration of light and peace. But the war was not over by Christmas. In fact, many soldiers spent more than one Christmas away from home.
In the short and dark December days, as the temperatures dropped and the fighting slowed down, families kept their thoughts on their loved ones at the front. Aware that they would be absent from the festivities of the season, soldiers from all across Europe sent seasonal greetings in long letters and on postcards. Many of these personal documents, in different languages, are waiting to be read again.

Bring these unique, heartfelt testimonies back to life by transcribing the letters, notes and poems that were written 100 years ago!

All Stories in the Christmas Run 2016

Christmas Run Progress

13 Dec 2016 – 15 Jan 2017

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Transcribers

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13 Dec 2016: 105
16 Jan 2017: 184
Currently: 443

Documents in progress

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13 Dec 2016: 482
16 Jan 2017: 1177
Currently: 2651

Documents completed

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13 Dec 2016: 440
16 Jan 2017: 1324
Currently: 2324