Great War remembered at Heritage event
Following two years of extensive research by Live Borders Museum, Archive and Library Services and members of the community, results of Saving and Sharing the Borders Experience are about to be revealed.
As part of the 2017 Borders Heritage Festival, delivered by Live Borders in Partnership with Scottish Borders Council and the Borders Heritage Forum, MacArts Centre in Galashiels will open its doors, on Saturday, September 9 to a day of presentations centered around memories and experiences of the Great War.
The aim of the project, which is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Armed Forces Covenant, was to encourage and facilitate research and commemoration across the region, and Project Officer Morag Cockburn feels that the original goals have been by far surpassed.
“We are now two years into the Saving and Sharing Scottish Borders Stories of WWI project and this event is a fantastic opportunity to bring together a large and varied range of stories which capture the Borders experience of WWI,” she added.
“Important parts of the region’s social and family heritage over this momentous period have been documented over this time by recording material in various formats so that it can be made widely available and secured for future generations.
“By doing so it is hoped that the project will leave a legacy which commemorates the contribution made by individuals and families across the Borders.
The project has also facilitated a range of volunteer opportunities and many local historians and groups have shared their WWI research.
As the two-year funded element of the project draws to a close Live Borders have organised the forthcoming day of presentations on a wide variety of topics relating to WWI.
“Many of the speakers have worked closely with the project and each will offer a unique insight into their work on topics from poetry to policing,” added Miss Cockburn.
A series of short talks on subjects such as Forgotten Poems & Sonnets from the Great War and Stobs Camp: Past, Present & Future will be followed by a presentation on the recent Borders Youth Theatre project Delving Deep.
Dr Yvonne McEwen will also present a keynote talk entitled From Battlefield to Blighty -WW1 Casualty Care and Evacuation Arrangements
Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive Live Borders, said: “We are now 100 years on from the Great War, a war which affected people from all walks of life; from the K.O.S.B who fought in many bloody actions to the women who took on new roles.
“It is vitally important that the impact on the local community and the sacrifices made are remembered by current and future generations.”
There will be refreshments and a light lunch as well as a chance to see the Saving and Sharing Scottish Borders Stories of WWI exhibition.
Bridge St, Galashiels TD1 1SP
Saturday 9th September
10am – 3pm (doors open 9.30am)
This is a free event but booking is essential. Please contact the Heritage Hub on 01450 360699 or email@example.com to book your place.
9.30am - 10.00am
Doors and registration
10.00am – 10.20am
Morag Cockburn – Dr Muir’s War
10.20am – 10.40am
Harry Scott – Forgotten Poems & Sonnets from the Great War
10.40am – 11.00am
Kevin Laidlaw – Piper Laidlaw
11.00am - 11.30am
Coffee (30 minutes)
11.30am – 12.30pm
KEYNOTE Dr Yvonne McEwen – From Battlefield to Blighty -WW1 Casualty Care and Evacuation Arrangements
12.30pm – 12.50pm
Shona Sinclair – The Remarkable Life of Mary Lee Milne and her Adventures with the Scottish Women’s Hospital
12.50pm - 1.40pm
lunch (50 minutes)
1.40pm – 2.00pm
Kenny McLean – Researching the War Memorials of Berwickshire
2.00pm – 2.20pm
David Smale – Policing the Scottish Borders in the Great War
2.20pm – 2.40pm
Andy Jepson – Stobs Camp: Past, Present & Future
2.40pm – 3.00pm
Music/drama presentation by Borders Youth Theatre