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Funding boost for First World War records

A project that seeks to reveal and record Scottish people’s experiences during the First World War has received a major funding award.

The Scotland’s War initiative has been awarded £75,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help develop the project across the country.

The fund will allow Scotland’s War to paint a fuller picture of Scotland’s contribution to the conflict. It will also support the creation of a national digital archive, which will be accessible to the public.

Scotland’s wartime experience

The initiative, organised by the University, began in 2008. Its initial focus was on Edinburgh’s involvement in the war. Now, with more than 20 Council partners throughout Scotland on board - as well as the National Library of Scotland and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - the project will run events throughout the country to highlight the major role Scotland played in The Great War.

The project team and partners will research records and speak to members of the public who had relations in the war in a bid to uncover previously unknown, or overlooked, aspects of Scotland’s wartime experience.

We are delighted to receive this support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The award will help us to reveal the stories hidden across Scotland, which will enable us to preserve and share a richer heritage of Scotland’s War. This year’s centenary offers an appropriate time to bring together stories and personal documents before they are lost. We look forward to discovering more remarkable tales which serve to remind us of the incredible contributions our relations made to the war effort.

Project Director Yvonne McEwenSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology,

The HLF-funded project will focus on exploring Scotland’s War on the Home and Fighting Fronts.

The First World War changed the face of modern history touching the lives of everyone in this country and beyond which is why HLF is committed to helping people explore the continuing legacy of this conflict. Scotland’s War will investigate the impact the conflict had on the country though personal histories and connections. It will safeguard this precious heritage for future generations while helping people broaden their understanding of how the First World War shaped the modern world.

Colin McLeanHead of HLF Scotland