Community Preview of 'Our Area in the First World War'

‘Our Area in the First World War’ is an exhibition that has been researched, designed and produced by adults and school children from across the area as part of a project developed and delivered by Falkirk Community Trust over the past year.

The exhibition will be installed in the Hippodrome, Bo’ness for a special community preview on Tuesday 18 November 2014, 7.00pm – 9.00pm.

Attendance at the event is free and open to all who would like to come along and reflect on the impact the First World War had on the local area.

Designed to bring generations together to research and create a touring ‘memory box’ exhibition telling local First World War stories, the ‘Our Area in the First World War’ project benefited from £9,900 of Heritage Lottery Funding.

The project began with a Primary 6 class from Laurieston Primary School, who spent nine weeks working with Falkirk Community Trust’s Heritage Learning Assistants Louise Tierney and Laura Macdonald, artist Jan Bee Brown and storyteller Allison Galbraith, researching the War experiences of 8 former Laurieston pupils whose images appear in a photograph album compiled by the school’s head teacher at the time, containing photographs and postcards sent back to him by all his former pupils from the Front.

Phase two saw a group of adult participants from the local community create another six ‘memory box’ exhibits to tell home front First World War stories from our area: they uncovered tales of  food rationing; the manufacture of munitions undertaken by women; medical provision;  fundraising efforts and the role of the docks and shipyards.

The project was devised and led by the Falkirk Community Trust Heritage Learning team and forms part of a programme of activity developed by the Trust to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.

The ‘Our Area in the First World War’ exhibition will go on tour around local community venues throughout 2015.

Culture and Libraries Manager Lesley O’Hare said: “This project aimed to create an opportunity to inspire participants of all ages from the community to learn more about local First World War heritage and to make a more personal connection to those events. We’re delighted to see the exhibition open for this very special preview and hope to see lots of the local community visiting and enjoying learning about their local history.”

Ian Scott, Chair of Falkirk Community Trust said "The first World War was the most significant event of the 20th century.  The experiences of 1914-18 changed the world forever and affected the lives of every Scottish child for 100 years.  The Falkirk district played its part by sacrificing over 3000 of young men on the field of battle while men and women in the local foundries turned our munitions by the thousands to support the war effort.   Today is a time to remember these sacrifices at home and abroad and the exhibition is designed to help us reflect on these momentous events as they affected our local area".

Falkirk Community Trust is a member of the First World War Centenary Partnership, a network of local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations led by IWM (Imperial War Museums). There are currently 1,400 members from across 27 countries and the Partnership continues to grow on a weekly basis.

Published on Wednesday, 5th November 2014

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