World War One Centenary

6th Gordons at Roclincourt, Fred A. Farrell. Copyright CSG CIC Glasgow Museums
To commemorate the centenary of World War One, Glasgow Life are producing a four year programme of activities and events to tell the story of Glasgow's and its people.

We'll be keeping this page up-to-date throughout this period with all the latest links and information to what's going on across the city and our services.

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MUSEUMS                                                                      

PEOPLE'S PALACE 

• Fredrick A. Farrell: Glasgow’s War Artist. This exhibition, which is on Fri 30 May – Sun 23 Nov 2014, showcases the work of Fred Farrell, the war artist commissioned by the City of Glasgow in WWI to illustrates life in France and Flanders, as well as at home in the munitions factories and engineering works. There will be a series of talks and events to accompany this exhibition.

A catalogue of Farrell’s war drawings, published by Glasgow Museums and Philip Wilson Publishers with a grant from Friends of Glasgow Museums, will accompany this exhibition. It will be available from August 2014. 


• Take a WWI themed trail around the People’s Palace looking the story of James and Jeannie Riley, which is now available. there will also be trails about Mary Barbour & the Rent Strikes, and the Suffragettes which will be available soon. 

GLASGOW MUSEUMS RESOURCE CENTRE:
SCHOOLS WORKSHOPS

• School groups can come to GMRC to take part in The Great War schools workshops, which are suitable for P5-7 and S1-3. These workshops fit the Curriculum for Excellence. Visit our Nurseries and Schools page for more information.

KELVINGROVE ART GALLERIES AND MUSEUM

• Getting Creative with Combat Stress. This moving, which is on Sat 2 Aug – Sun 16 Nov, exhibition highlights the work of ex-service men in the care of Combat Stress - the UK's leading Veterans' mental health charity - as they strive to overcome psychological injuries incurred in military life through the therapeutic medium of art. Find out more

• Looking at WWI. This new display is open in the Looking at Art gallery from 11 July 2014. The artists in this display had different feelings about the war and its consequences. Through their choice of colour, texture and shape they encourage reflection on issues such as power and sacrifice, conscientious objection and immigration. Looking at WWI offers the opportunity to pause and reflect at a time of national and international WWI centenary commemorations. Find out more


ST MUNGO MUSEUM OF RELIGIOUS LIFE AND ART

• In Honour’s Cause: Glasgow’s WWI Memorials. This photographic exhibition, which runs from Tue 8 July 2014 – Sun 5 April 2015, features war memorials from across Glasgow. They range from simple plaques to grand public monuments and stained glass wind​​ows, set up by many different organizations including military regiments, faith groups, businesses, schools and social clubs. There will be a series of talks and events to accompany this exhibition. Visit the Exhibition page ​

RIVERSIDE MUSEUM

• The Perfect Wheelchair. Looking at the development of the Wheelchair, this new display opening in November 2014, will feature four chairs from through the years with the earliest being typical of those used by WW1 veterans. The WW1 chair is in sharp contrast to the three more modern chairs. Wheelchairs at the time were designed with the assumption that the user would be house-bound. In contrast the three more modern chairs have been designed to allow the freedom and independence of the user. An accompanying film will explore the design of each chair and the impact it had on the way that the user felt/feels about him or herself and the way others view(ed) them. This display will be developed in consultation with a large number of Glasgow wheelchair users. More information will be available soon. 

THE BURRELL COLLECTION

• Still Sounds: The Great War. This documentary video by artist Margaret Moore investigates the effect of this global conflict on the ordinary people of Glasgow. It looks at those whose families were involved in and touched by the events of 1914 onwards. It was created for the Burrell Collection to commemorate WW1.  It is a development of the artist's ongoing work, Still Sounds, which explores the interweaving threads of local family history. Come along from Friday 15 August – Saturday 18 October 2014 to see this work. Find out more


​LIBRARIES 

GLASGOW WAR EXHIBITION, MITCHELL LIBRARY

The plan is for an exhibition on Glasgow’s home front during WW1, situated in the Main Hall of The Mitchell Library. The exhibition will incorporate the use of graphic panels, the display of original documents & objects and the provision of audio-visual interpretation. The successful company will develop their design proposals, produce and install the exhibition in preparation for its launch in October 2014.  

There will be 11 themes in the exhibition:

Glasgow Before the War
Outbreak of War
Aliens 
Attitudes to War 
Radicalism 
Propaganda Battle
Everyday Life
Stories from the Front
War Effort
Role of Women
War Ending
Remembering and Commemorating.

The exhibition will run from October 2014 – March 2015. 

THE SCOTTISH WOMEN’S HOSPITAL EXHIBITION

This exhibition is funded through The Wellcome Trust and is taking place in 2016 to highlight and commemorate their lives and works of women involved in WW1 and what they achieved. It will be informative and accessible for all audiences including schools to aid students with their projects, historians and any person or group that would be interested in this intriguing story.

TOURING EXHIBITION WW1 PROPAGANDA POSTERS

In 2015/16 there will be an exhibition of WW1 Propaganda Posters from the Mitchell Collections touring Community Libraries along with a supporting programme which will involve the wider community..

FAMILY HISTORY

The Family History at The Mitchell website has a range of additional resources to assist people who want to trace relatives who served during WW1.


ROLLS OF HONOUR


VICTORIA CROSS

Glasgow Libraries are working with the Lord Provost’s office on the location of commemorative plaques for recipients of the VC in the city.

LIBRARY WAR MEMORIALS

It was agreed that there are potential opportunities to develop projects (Glasgow Libraries and Communities) in Glasgow Life buildings that have war memorials e.g. Langside Library has a War Memorial of former Queen’s Park Secondary School pupils, Pollokshaws Library etc.

SOCIAL MEDIA - FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Libraries will be marking key WW1 dates in the city on social media through Facebook and Twitter. 


ARTS & MUSIC

NO MANS LAND PROJECT: STORY OF OUR WATERWAYS

No Mans Land is a Clyde based interactive kinetic sculpture and a coproduction with Sydney Harbour Foreshore authority (Australia), Urbane Kunste Ruhr (Germany) and IJ Triennale (Amsterdam) being planned as part of the Merchant City Festival. View the No Man’s Land project website​

This is a large scale dynamic installation that will accessible to the public and tells the stories of WW1 from different perspectives/countries - building international links; opportunities for education/interpretation and work alongside.   It is a floating piece of public art that the public will interact with and move about on – it becomes a 'whispering dome' where stories of the war/letter home will be performed/heard/shared as well as a place of contemplation

This project is currently planned for Summer 2015. More details to follow.

BBC TOURING PERFORMANCE

The BBC is currently looking into bringing a touring WW1 family-oriented performance and exhibition to Glasgow.

OLYMPIA REMINISCENCE GROUP 

The Olympia Reminiscence Group is currently working with the Glasgow Life Arts team to produce a WW1 booklet.

COMMUNITIES

SIGNPOSTING 

There is a range of activity planned in community venues across Glasgow. Communities teams will signpost WW1 activity in the City to local communities and via their various networks and partners including: Schools, Community Facilities, Community Libraries, Voluntary Organisations, Local Colleges, Housing Associations, NHS etc.​ 

FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH

A range of additional resources to assist people who want to trace relatives who served during WW1 is available via The Mitchell Library web-site this can be accessed via all Community Libraries across the City. 

INTERESTED GROUPS / INDIVIDUALS

If you are interested in finding out more about what’s happening in Glasgow Communities for the WW1 Commemoration please contact your local area offices: Glasgow North East: 0141 276 1785, Glasgow North West: 0141 276 1525, Glasgow South: 0141 276 1330. 

SPORT

WHAT DID SPORT LOOK LIKE 1914-18? 

The working title of the Sport Project in 2014 is What did sport look like in 1914-18? A brochure/publication will be produced for citywide distribution highlighting sports/clubs/human interest stories both at home and abroad. 
 

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