Following on from our Heritage Lottery Fund award grant in January 2014, the Heritage Learning Team have unveiled, along with the help of some local primary school pupils, the first part of their First World War project.
Having received a small grant from the HLF’s First World War: Then and Now funding programme, Louse Tierney and Laura Macdonald of the Heritage Learning Team have been working with Laurieston Primary School primary 6 pupils to create WWI ‘memory box’ exhibits. Using materials from the Falkirk Archives and museum collection at Callendar House, and working with artist Jan Bee Brown and storyteller Allison Galbraith, the pupils were able to research the role the people of Falkirk took in the First World War, and to tell their stories.
Working from a photograph album held in the Falkirk Archives, compiled by the headmaster of Laurieston Primary School and containing over 160 images of former pupils who served between 1914 and 1918, the primary six class have create six ‘memory box’ exhibits based on the stories of six former pupils who appear in the album.
Ian Scott, Chairman of Falkirk Community Trust said:
“The support from the Heritage Lottery fund will certainly help us bring a far greater understanding and knowledge of World War One to communities everywhere. The project will be especially exciting for younger participants who may not have much awareness of this momentous event in world history but will be able to learn and appreciate the true scale of what was involved.”
Louise Tierney, Heritage Learning Team said:
“It has been a wonderful experience for the primary six class at Laurieston Primary School to have the opportunity to see how the First World War impacted on the local community through the eyes of their forebears.”
The project has also sparked national interest with the Herald Scotland visiting the primary school to find out more about the project. You can read the articles online now: 'Inside the Laurieston Book of First World War Stories' and 'Inside Track: A Powerful Teaching Resource Brings History to Life'.