East Dunbartonshire's War resource launch


Tuesday, 12 September, 2017


Join us for the launch of our new education resource exploring the impact of the First World War on East Dunbartonshire. 

The free event, which will take place at Douglas Academy on Wednesday 27 September at 7pm, is part of the East Dunbartonshire's War project which has spent the past two years exploring the lives of men, women and children living in the area during the First World War and their individual experiences.

The project team has now used their research to help produce a First World War education resource for secondary schools in East Dunbartonshire.

The new teaching and learning resource features stories from the EDLC archives and local studies collections - many of them new discoveries from the East Dunbartonshire's War research volunteers.

It explores the impact of the First World War on the local area and has been developed by EDLC in conjunction with staff and students from Douglas Academy, Milngavie, and Kirkintilloch High.

The launch event will feature dramatic performance by Douglas Academy students based on letters from the Boyd brothers of Milngavie, and from the diaries of two local nurses who volunteered in the First World War - Elspeth Graham and Kate Jeffrey.

Living history group, Scots in the Great War, will bring history to life, while local enthusiast, Harry Doy, will bring along his First World War collection.

Fairy Glen Vintage Teas will also provide the refreshments in a pop up vintage tea room.

Councillor Jim Gibbons, Convenor of the Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets Committee, said, "This excellent resource will help our students to learn about this tragic period in history in a new and innovative way.

“I hope residents come along to the launch event to discover for themselves the stories behind the people from this area who were affected by the First World War."

Sandy Marshall, Chair of EDLC Trust, said, “The project team has delved into the EDLC archives and local studies collections to discover untold stories of heroism, sacrifice and duty from the First World War to produce this education resource.

“It’s full of fascinating stories of men and women from East Dunbartonshire who were involved in the First World War at home and on the battlefront and will help give people a real understanding of what life was like for them.

“The project team is very grateful for the support and assistance of the families of individuals whose stories are included in this resource and to the enthusiastic pupils and staff from the schools who helped develop it.”

The event is free but admission is by ticket only. Tickets can be collected from Bearsden Library or Milngavie Library.

The East Dunbartonshire's War project is generously supported by the Scottish Government Public Library Improvement Fund administered by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC).

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