On the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, the Archives of Manitoba is offering people a chance to learn more about the province's role and get a glimpse at what life was like between 1914 and 1918.

Over the next five years, the At Home and Away: Remembering the First World War exhibit at the archives building — as well as an online blog — will provide highlights from the war years.

Original photographs, letters and diaries will be available to the public online and at the archives, at 200 Vaughan St. in Winnipeg.

The first exhibit includes photographs from 1914 to 1915, taken in and around Winnipeg by well-known Canadian photographer, L.B. Foote.

"We have a proud history and, through the work of the archives, a great showcase of our heritage is available for all Manitobans to see," said Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection Minister Ron Lemieux.

"Manitoba Day, May 12, is the perfect opportunity to get to know what it was like to be a Manitoban 100 years ago."

A Twitter account, @MBGovArchives, is also being launched to provide more information about At Home and Away as well as general information about the Archives of Manitoba.