The Women who went to War:
A free talk and film screening about the Scottish Women’s Hospitals during the Great War, Presented by Alan Cumming
Friday, 30th January, 1pm to 4pm, Inverness Museum
When war broke out in August 1914 people clamoured to do what they could to support the war effort. While men volunteered for the armed forces, women were eager to assist in other ways. The Scottish Women’s Hospitals were set up with two very specific aims: firstly, to help the war effort by providing medical assistance and secondly, and equally importantly, to promote the cause of women’s rights and by their involvement in the war, help win those rights.
Their original idea was to establish a hospital in Edinburgh to treat war wounded but this was quickly abandoned in favour of establishing hospitals in the field and close to the fighting to treat the injured. Ultimately, there were hospitals established in France, Macedonia, Greece, Corsica, Romania and Russia, but the majority of their work was in Serbia.
Amateur researcher Alan Cumming became fascinated by the story of these women, and recently featured in the STV documentary The Women who went to War presented by Kirsty Wark. In this special free event he will introduce a film about his own journeys to Serbia and France to research the Scottish Women’s Hospitals, and will tell the stories of some of the women from the Highlands who worked in them. Alan is also interested to hear from anyone who has ancestors from the Inverness area who were part of the SWH.
Teas, coffees and cakes will be served.
This event is delivered by researcher Alan Cumming and organised in collaboration with Gabriel’s Vision.
Letter from Matthew Jarron , Curator of the University of Dundee Museum Collections.
Alan gave a fascinating presentation on 9 December in the main lecture theatre at Ninewells Hospital & Medical School as part of the events programme of the Tayside Medical History Museum. Everyone in the audience found it extremely interesting and many left determined to find out more about the topic and the local connections to it. We hope to be able to build on Alan’s excellent work by discovering more about the Dundee women who served in the Scottish Women’s Hospitals.