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Aberdeenshire Council

What's The War Got To Do With Us?

This World War II project will focus on the towns of Banff, Macduff and Whitehills in the north-west of Scotland, with a particular emphasis on Duff House and the Boyndie Aerodrome. It will explore: the towns, perched as they are on a vulnerable coastline; Duff House, with its history as a base for units of Norwegian and Polish soldiery and as a German POW camp; the surrounding countryside, dotted with famous airfields (particularly Boyndie), serving both bomber and coastal command as well as more clandestine operations; and implications for farming during a time of war.

Pupils from local schools will be introduced to evidence from the World War II period at Duff House, the Boyndie Centre and 'in the field'. Veterans will be sought to contribute to the project with considerable emphasis being placed on seeking civilians who can reminisce about the Home Front during World War II.


Argyll & Bute Council

Kintyre Remembers


Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum, Stirling

Pull Up A Sandbag

Through “Pull Up A Sandbag”, the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum will bring together young people from the Tullochan Trust, which provides diversionary activities for disadvantaged young people in the west central belt of Scotland. They will hear the experiences of veterans from the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, both Regular and Territorial, and will discuss these encounters and memories of conflict, peace-keeping roles and army life from World War II to the present day.

In addition, the local Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme will include as the community element of the award, the collection of oral histories from veterans across the Regimental area.


The Museum of The Black Watch, Perth

This Happens In War

The Museum of The Black Watch will gather and record personal histories from members of this legendary regiment. Stories from local veterans who served during World War II and subsequent conflicts will illustrate many facets of the Regiment’s experiences.

The Museum will be involved in training young people in the art of collecting oral histories and will involve the YMCA in thios respect. The YMCA is keen to collaborate and promote local Black Watch veterans as role models to the young people with which it works.

The culmination of the project will be a DVD and an exhibition aimed particularly at the younger generation and shown throughout the Regimental area.


The Gordon Highlanders Museum, Aberdeen

Post War: A North East Perspective

Through "Post War Conflicts and Peace Keeping Missions", The Gordon Highlanders Museum will, between September 2008 and October 2009, explore this period through the eyes of Gordon Soldiers, their families, the wider community, and where possible, immigrants of the countries who lived in Scotland at the time of the conflicts. Oral histories will be based around where the Gordon Highlanders served after World War II, such as Kenya, Palestine, and Zanzibar.


Highland Council

Hidden Highland Histories WWII

"Hidden Highland Histories WWII" will explore areas across the Highlands that were used for secret military operations. During WWII, access to the Highlands was often restricted and local people and military personnel required special passes to enter, while in some areas of the Highlands, local populations were evacuated.

Working in partnership with the Highland Print Studio and the Highlands and Islands Museums Forum, this project will engage with local primary and secondary schools, youth groups and older people's groups in order to develop relationships within their communities and increase awareness of the impact WWII had in the local area.


Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery

Glasgow West War Story

Through the "Glasgow West War Story", the Hunterian Museum will be organising a series of events in order to gather and record stories from local people who served in World War II and subsequent conflicts. There will be interview sessions with veterans, visits to local sites connected to the war and interactive workshops creating an unrivalled anthology for use by local schools, young people and amateur historians.

The Hunterian will approach older alumni of University of Glasgow to record their personal stories of the war. In addition, five local secondary schools, with strong links to the University and the Officer Training Corps, will also be involved in collecting accounts of veterans' experiences.


Kildonan Museum

Proiseact Beinn na Coraraidh

Through "Proiseact Beinn na Coraraidh", Kildonan Museum will create a series of vignettes that will capture the impact of World War II on Uist and Benbecula.

With the involvement of young people from the secondary school, youth groups and the library, six reminiscence events will be held across Uist, Eriskay and Benbecula. They will reflect the experiences of those directly involved in World War II, and the experiences and recollections of those left at home including how they were affected, both emotionally and physically.


Museum nan Eilean, Lewis

Lewis At War

Through "Lewis at War, 1939-1960", Museum nan Eilean, from October 2008 to May 2009, will work closely with the Comainn Eachdraidh on the island to explore the broad theme of military service in World War II and subsequent conflicts up to 1960. Students from the Nicolson Institute will be involved in all aspects of the programme from planning, collection and research to digitisation and publication of all the materials.

Among the memories to be explored and recorded in both Gaelic and English will be service in India, Burma and Africa, bomb disposal on the front line, Lewis participation in major engagements in Europe, and of course the way the war was experienced here at home.

The project also aims to compile a definitive collection of bàrdachd (Gaelic songs) from the time.


McLean Museum & Art Gallery

Waterways & Recovery Bays

"Waterways and Recovery Bays" will focus on the Inverclyde area and involve the villages of Wemyss Bay, Inverkip and Kilmacolm together with the main urban centres of Greenock, Port Glasgow and Gourock. The project will engage local schools pupils and the Inverclyde community in researching and reflecting on the impact of World War II in the local area.

The main towns of Inverclyde played a crucial part in the war effort, being the point of entry / exit for the vast majority of Scottish troops. Many convoys started their journeys from there; the Port of Greenock was considered to be a British lifeline, unloading every item necessary to sustain the war effort; the River Clyde was full of ships; and foreign troops were stationed there.


Museum of the Isles, Skye

The Crofters And The Second World War

This project will collect, record and present information, both oral and documentary, on how WWII affected life in Skye and Lochalsh. Involving both school children and the wartime generation, the project will illustrate how the war impacted on crofting, fishing and domestic life.

The partnership of local museums will look at the unique story of what the war meant to the population of the area, many of whom were Gaelic speaking crofters, and who, although geographically distant from the main centres of action, still felt a profound effect, both in changes to their way of life, and in the personal contribution people made to the war.


Orkney Islands Council

Fortress Orkney

Inspired by the film, Emeric Pressburger’s 'The Spy in Black', which was filmed in Orkney and was based on J Storer Clouston’s novel, "Fortress Orkney" will focus on the effect of the Second World War on civilians in Hoy, centring on the Lyness Naval Base. Based on the life of an individual – either real or imagined - a young naval rating from the mainland, it will build up a picture of life during and after the war in Hoy through the people he met. The vignettes will be built from real people and events from Orcadian wartime history. These will include: his initial journey to Hoy on the St Ola; the relationship with his landlady; his social life including going to the cinema; the Orkney Blast, a newspaper for the Forces; the local shops and amenities; and his Orcadian girlfriend.

Young people from local schools and Cultural Studies students from Orkney College will play a key role in collecting the material.


West Dunbartonshire Council

Singers, Sirens And Silent Heroes

Through the creation of a series of vignettes, West Dunbartonshire Council's project, entitled "Singers, Sirens, and Silent Heroes" will develop a more intimate and personal legacy of online materials and resources for learning to complement existing archive collections.

The vignettes will cover a range of World War II topics from children’s memories of the nights of the Clydebank Blitz and evacuation, to the Singer Clock – which stood undamaged through the Blitz, coming to signify the resilience and strength of the local people in the face of the enemy bombing. In addition the subjects of women, the shipyards and armaments will also be explored.


West Lothian Council

West Lothian And The Forgotten War

Through "West Lothian and the Forgotten War", West Lothian Council’s Museum Service, together with the Workers’ Educational Association, will form a History Detectives group. The group will gather research about conflicts that have touched the lives of those living in West Lothian from World War II to the Korean War, in addition to National Service. The findings will be recorded for a documentary film, which will include some oral histories and a booklet.

The project will also see two primary schools - Balbardie School in Bathgate and Torphichen School - linking with the Korean War Veterans’ Association in the Lothian & Borders, which established the Scottish Korean War Memorial in the Bathgate Hills. Activities will include visits to the memorial in addition to the National War Museum at Edinburgh Castle.

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