On Saturday 12th November Alan Cumming brought the story of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals to Selkirk in the Scottish Borders.
As an ex-resident of the nearby village of Ettrickbridge, Alan was warmly welcomed back to the town, his talk very much a highlight of Saturday’s event. The free event, which took place in Selkirk Parish Church Hall, was organised by the Saving and Sharing Border Stories of WWI project.
The two year project, run jointly by the Scottish Borders Museums, Archives and Library Services aims to provide a unique and lasting commemorative record of the First World War and its legacy for the Borders. It is being funded the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Armed Forces Covenant.
Throughout the day volunteers scanned and photographed a range of WWI letters, diaries, photographs and more brought along and shared by family members. These will form a digital record, ensuring the contribution of Borderers to WWI is not forgotten.
Over one hundred members of the community attended the event throughout the day. For most who heard Alan’s presentation the subject was previously unknown and all appreciated hearing about the Borders’ women involved. An interesting Q & A session followed the talk and feedback suggested those present were inspired by the story of Dr Elsie Inglis and the many other brave women. We were also delighted to have Paul Murton presenter/broadcaster, film-maker and historian in the audience.
For more information on the project visit:http://www.liveborders.org.uk/libraries_and_archives
Many thanks again,