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Scottish Experiences of the First World War, 1914-1918


Scottish Experiences of the First World War, 1914-1918

The centenary of the Great War focused the nation’s attention on the conflict but there is still a tendency to concentrate on events in France and Flanders.

The Somme and Passchendaele are name familiar to most Britons and to an extent have become synonymous with Britain’s experience of the First World War.

This course will consider some of the lesser known and often overlooked aspects of the War. From the experience of Scottish Yeomen at the Dardanelles to Elsie Inglis’ Scottish Women’s Hospital, the course will use contemporary accounts and images to shed light on some of Scotland’s ‘Forgotten Fronts’.

Week 1: Scotland’s Great War, 1914-18
Week 2: ‘The ceaseless struggle between Briton
and Turk’: The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry at Gallipoli
Week 3: ‘My good lady, go home and sit still’: The Scottish Women’s Hospital, 1914-19
Week 4: ‘With a Highland Regiment in Mesopotamia’: The Black Watch in Iraq, 1916-17
Week 5: ‘Fife Canadian Reported Missing’: The
Scottish Diaspora, 1914-18
Week 6: ‘Dinna Forget Your Ain Folk!’: Supporting the War Effort
Week 7: ‘One quarter of a loaf per day’: The
Experiences of Scottish Prisoners of War
Week 8: ‘More or less alive … half dead, upon the
dole’: The Experiences of Black Watch Veterans of the Great War

Wednesdays, 2.00pm-4.00pm

Venue: Byre Theatre

Semester 1: 8 classes

beginning on Wednesday 22 January 2020
No class 4 March 2020

Course fees for one semester:
Standard £65, Concessions £60

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