Museums Galleries Scotland announces recipients of the WWI Commemoration Fund
Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) has announced five museum projects to benefit from the WWI Commemoration Fund. The fund was introduced in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of war, with the Scottish Government contributing over £300k in funding over the past 4 years. In this round of funding, five museums from across Scotland will receive a share of over £40,000 for activities that will explore the impact and legacy of World War I on the families and communities of Scotland.
The Gordon Highlanders Museum has secured the largest sum, with £20,000 going towards their ambitious plan to install a wooden replica WWI trench in the grounds of the museum and stage a re-enactment performance bringing to life the wartime experiences of the Gordon Highlanders Regiment.
In Glasgow, the city’s unique maritime role in the Great War will be brought to light by the Tall Ship at Riverside, who have secured £11,510 for a series of events based around Clyde shipping. Interactive workshops for schools and the public will highlight the Tall Ship’s own role in the war as well as the tragic story of the Clyde-built Lusitania. The Museum of Scottish Railways in Bo’ness will be exploring another often overlooked aspect of Scotland’s contribution to the First World War, as they consider the impact of Scottish railways and locomotives both at home and at the front.
Elsewhere, Biggar Museum will be working with local primary schools and community art groups to produce an exhibition of WWI inspired artworks and museum artefacts as part of the annual Biggar Little Festival. The Auld Kirk Museum in East Dumbartonshire are also taking an artistic approach to commemoration, with art and writing workshops complementing an exhibition of WWI posters.
John McLeish, Interim CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said:
“The First World War had a devastating impact on families and communities throughout Scotland. The World War One Fund and the commemoration projects that it has enabled have encouraged people of all ages to engage with their local museums and to reflect on the lasting social and civic legacy of the war. MGS is grateful to the Scottish Government for its continued support of the Fund for the duration of the centenary period.”
Over the course of 2014 – 2018, the WWI Commemoration Fund has contributed to 35 unique projects in museums big and small, from Stirling to Stornoway. Together, these projects have helped local communities to take a closer look at the legacy of the First World War and to understand its continuing impact on their own community and beyond.