Galashiels stories of WWI

Saving and Sharing Galashiels stories of WWI

Published on Wednesday 17th February 2016

WWI mobile recruitment drive in Galashiels, image courtesy Old Gala Club

People from the Galashiels community are being invited to contribute to the ‘Saving and Sharing the Borders experience: Scottish Borders Stories of World War One’ project

Come along to the event in Trinity Parish Church on Saturday 12 March from 10.30am-4pm.

Share your World War I memories

The day is a chance for anyone from the local area to share their family’s memories of the First World War and to bring along:

  • letters
  • diaries
  • photographs
  • memorabilia

Programme for the day

A variety of other activities will be available.

  • 12noon – Langlee Community Choir will perform a set of songs from the period
  • 3pm – Alan Cumming’s popular talk on Scottish Women’s Hospitals during WWI

People attending will also be able to meet characters from the time and see a collection of First World War artefacts provided by the Living History Society ‘Scots and the Great War’.

Cllr Vicky Davidson, Executive Member for Culture, Sport, Youth and Communities

“The aim of this unique project is to document the impact and significance of the turbulent WW1 years on our local and national heritage. This is a chance for people from Galashiels and the surrounding area to share their own memories and experiences and contribute to the picture being gathered for the Borders as a whole. We are particularly keen to hear from the generation who has a direct link with those who participated as we are only too aware that these people are inevitably getting older and this may be our last chance to capture their recollections.”

Ongoing project looks at Borders’ legacy

‘Saving and Sharing the Borders experience: Scottish Borders Stories of World War One’ is a two year project being co-ordinated by our Museums, Archives and Library services. It aims to provide a unique and lasting commemorative record of the First World War and its legacy for the Borders.