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Project Title: Glasgow West War Story

Exhibition: Evacuees in Scotland

With the threat of war imminent the British government made preparations for the evacuation of children, teachers and mothers with children under the age of five from cities and built up areas likely to be the target of German air attacks to safer areas in the countryside. Evacuation was voluntary and parents could register if they wanted their children to be part of the scheme. By the outbreak of the war more than 1.5 million people had been evacuated; it was the largest migration of people within the country in British history. Many parents decided to bring their children home as Scotland was not being heavily bombed. However, with the start of the blitz in Britain many people sent their children away again to areas at less risk from bombing.

Assets in this exhibition:

Children being evacuated from Glasgow

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Description

Glasgow suffered badly from enemy bombers in 1941, forcing even more evacuations. These two children putting on a brave smile were bound for their new home in the country, away from he blitz.

Source

Date: 1940s
Location: Glasgow
Original Source: © Newsquest (Herald & Times). Licensor www.scran.ac.uk.


Forgandenny

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Description

A view looking across a road and cottages in Forgandenny.

Source

Date: 1937
Contributor: Valentine collection, St Andrews University Library.
Location: Forgandenny, Perthshire
Original Source: © St Andrews University Library. Licensor www.scran.ac.uk.


Children's trip from Forgandenny

Exhibition Image One

Description

Children in a trailer all set to go off on a trip from Forgandenny on a sunny day in July 1949.

Source

Date: 1949
Contributor: Sandy Cowper
Location: Forgandenny, Perthshire
Original Source: © Perth Museum and Art Gallery. Licensor www.scran.ac.uk.


Sister Jeanette Ward

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Description

Sister Jeanette Ward


Abernethy

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Description

A view of Abernethy showing cultivated fields and the town spread out along the side of a railway line. A tall chimney and a round tower stand in the middle of the town and an electricity substation can be seen in the mid distance amongst the trees.

Source

Date: 1938
Contributor: Valentine collection, St Andrews University Library.
Location: Abernethy, Pershire
Original Source: © St Andrews University Library. Licensor www.scran.ac.uk.


Rudolf Hess' parachute cord

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Description

This photograph shows part of Rudolf Hess' parachute chord. Rudolf Hess (1894-1987) was Deputy Führer. On the 10th May 1941 he flew a German fighter plane solo to Scotland on a peace mission. He was trying to reach the residence of the Duke of Hamilton, near Glasgow. Hess' 'peace' offer involved Britain allowing Germany to have control over mainland Europe in order to prevent further Nazi attacks on the country, otherwise Germay would cut off all of Britain's oversees supplies. Hess' mission was unsuccessful. He parachuted over Renfrewshire and was subsequently arrested and held at Maryhill Army barracks. Belief grew that Hess was insane and he spent the remainder of the war in a Military Hospital in Wales. After the war, he was sentenced to life imprisonment at the Nuremberg Trials of the International Military Tribunal.

Mr Maclean was evacuated to Whilehills at the beginning of the war and on hearing that a German plane had come down nearby, he and others went to take a look. This is part of the parachute chord Mr Maclean has kept since that day.

Source

Date: 2009
Contributor: Mr Maclean


Part of Rudolf Hess' plane

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Description

This photograph shows part of the fuselage of Rudolf Hess' plane. Rudolf Hess (1894-1987) was Deputy Führer. On the 10th May 1941 he flew a German fighter plane solo to Scotland on a peace mission. He was trying to reach the residence of the Duke of Hamilton, near Glasgow. Hess' 'peace' offer involved Britain allowing Germany to have control over mainland Europe in order to prevent further Nazi attacks on the country, otherwise Germay would cut off all of Britain's oversees supplies. Hess' mission was unsuccessful. He parachuted over Renfrewshire and was subsequently arrested and held at Maryhill Army barracks. Belief grew that Hess was insane and he spent the remainder of the war in a Military Hospital in Wales. After the war, he was sentenced to life imprisonment at teh Nuremberg Trials of the International Military Tribunal.

Mr Maclean was evacuated to Whilehills at the beginning of the war and on hearing that a German plane had come down nearby, he and others went to take a look. This is part of the plane Mr Maclean has kept since that day.

Source

Date: 2009
Contributor: Mr Maclean


World War II evacuation poster

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Description

World War Two evacuation poster issued by the Ministry of Health. The poster states: 'Don't Do It, Mother - Leave Your Children In The Safer Areas' and shows Hilter whispering to the mother to take her children evacuated to the countryside back to the city.

Source

Date: 1940s
Contributor: Ministry of Health