4th August 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War. World War 1 affected our region with many women and men giving their lives or suffering serious injury during the war effort. Community groups across Dumfries and Galloway will be remembering those people in many ways over the next four years.
The image on the left shows King's Own Scottish Borderers troops marching past the original Town Hall on Buccleuch Street, Dumfries, in 1914. Click on the image for a larger version.
Our Council will be commemorating the centenary of World War 1 with a series of activities and exhibitions in museums across the region. These exhibits will highlight the many memories and amazing stories of bravery of men and women from our area who fought in the Great War and supported the war effort.
Commemorating World War One
Sanquhar Museum, Tuesday 1st April - Tuesday 30th September
Sanquhar Museum's collection of World War One memorabilia will be redisplayed for seasonal this year. Work is also being done to conserve The Brave Men of Mennock, a memorial displaying images of the 43 men from Mennock and the surrounding area who signed up to fight during WW1.
Your Country Needs You!
The Stewartry Museum, Saturday 26th July - Saturday 15th November
We know now of the horrors, mistakes and misjudgements of World War 1, but in 1914 many Britons at home considered going to war as an expression of the power and pride of the British Empire. Young men, and boys, viewed the war as a chance to travel and experience true adventure. Propaganda, in the form of posters and magazine articles, played a huge role in fuelling this excitement. The Stewartry Museum's collection of World War 1 posters, with their powerful imagery and pointed demands, offers us a glimpse into the mood of society at the time.
Home by Christmas
Annan Museum, Saturday 23rd August - Friday 31st October
An exhibition of local stories,recruitment posters and memorabilia commemorating a past generation caught up in The Great War. Local people are invited to visit the exhibition and share their family accounts of parents, grandparents or great grandparents who experienced World War 1 either at the battle field or the home front.
Centre Stage Theatre in Gretna have been working on a First World War project for the last 18 months with a number of learning events, talks and field visits taking place. The project will result in a drama production which will combine filmed costume drama work and live performance based on HM Munitions Factory Gretna.