Centre recalls role of Scots in conflict

A new centre dedicated to exploring the history of Scotland’s contribution to the First World War has opened in Edinburgh.

The First World War History Hub initiative is a first in the UK and is a product of years of research between Edinburgh City Libraries and the University.

The main focus of the hub is to run workshops and seminars, and carry out military and diaspora genealogy research.

History space

Visitors will have the chance to talk to experts and to explore the story of their own family’s First World War history.

A programme of poetry, art and music events will also bring the space alive with the sights and sounds of Edinburgh circa 1914-1918.

The establishment of the First World War History Hub is a testament to the successful cooperation that exists between the University of Edinburgh, the City of Edinburgh Libraries, and the people of Edinburgh, Leith and the Lothians in remembering the enormous sacrifices made on the fighting fronts and the hardships that were endured on the home front."

Yvonne McEwen

Project Director 'Edinburgh's War', The Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict

The hub builds on the work of a small group of dedicated volunteers, who have been supported by Yvonne McEwen from the Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict at the University of Edinburgh.

Over 100,000 Scots gave their lives in The Great War and as we approach the centenary of the First Wolrd War I can think of no better tribute to their memories. We’ve been delighted to work with the University on this fantastic project and I look forward to welcoming the public into the Hub over the coming months.”

Councillor Richard Lewis

Edinburgh's Culture and Leisure Convener

Scotland’s significant contribution to the First World War, and the toll it took on all our communities, must never be forgotten. I congratulate Edinburgh City Libraries and the University for ensuring these stories live on through the First World War History Hub, which will commemorate this important part of our nation’s history and the role and sacrifice of Scottish servicemen and women and their families.

Fiona Hyslop

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs

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