Saving and Sharing Stories of the Scottish Borders in WWI

A project commemorating the First World War across the Scottish Borders.
With generous financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Armed Forces Covenant.


Our current older generation will be the last people to have had contact with those involved in the First World War, whether combatants or those on the Home Front.

It is therefore vitally important that we tell their stories and capture material for future generations. The War was multi-faceted and 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.

This project seeks to save and share stories, documents, diaries, maps, workplace material and artifacts to reflect the Scottish Borders experience in WWI.


  • Create a lasting project legacy for future generations and improve understanding of the impact of World War One on the Scottish Borders.
  • Foster mutually supportive relationships between the Armed Forces community and the wider community.
  • Preserve, interpret and explain material gathered and signpost additional sources of World War One information.
  • Support other Scottish Borders World War One projects.
  • Offer training for volunteers to learn new skills and ensure sustainability.
  • Recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community and work with schools to help young people gain a greater understanding of this.


  • Create learning packs for Scottish Borders schools.
  • Deliver community events across the Scottish Borders to record stories and artefacts.
  • Encourage and facilitate people to research their World War One family stories.
  • Procure equipment for use at events and by community groups.
  • Publish project updates through social media and newsletters.


What can you do to help?

  • Assist with the organisation and delivery of community events across the
  • Scottish Borders.
  • Digitise and organise material brought to events.
  • Research stories of the First World War in the Scottish Borders.
  • Share the project findings and preserve them for future generations.

The benefits of volunteering include:

  • Contributing to an important history project.
  • Gaining and enhancing knowledge, experience, and skills.
  • Meeting new people.
  • Opportunity to learn about your local heritage.

The project officer is the main point of contact and is based at:

The Heritage Hub, Kirkstile, Hawick, TD9 0AE
Tel: 01450 360699