Edinburgh’s War: Events and Exhibitions

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Here at Central Library we’re remembering the Great War with a series of events and exhibitions in October and November. The events can all be booked via Eventbrite.

Talks and Discussions
World War One Drop in Sessions – Next session 24th October.
Get expert, one to one help with your own World War One family story. Whether you’ve got memorabilia you’d like more information about, or if you just have a name of someone who fought, we can help you find out more. These sessions are held every second Friday at 11am on the mezzanine.

Songs of the Great War
Wednesday 29th October 2014, 14.30-15.30

People and propaganda with Wendy Carle Taylor. Back by popular demand, Wendy Carle Taylor will explore a selection of songs from the Great War. From calls to arms and militaristic propaganda to music hall parody, hymns and lullabies, Wendy will lead us on a musical journey illuminating the lives of those who experienced World War One in all its glory and shame.

Family History Day – part of Previously…Scotland’s History Festival
Saturday 15th November 10.30am-4pm

Lots of family history related events, including a special World War One drop in session.

World War I Reads
Monday 17 November 2014 from 18:30 to 20:00

Following on from last year’s successful Big Book Group read, we invite you to bring along your favourite book about this period in history & be part of ‘Previously’ History Festival November’s events.

In the Company of Nurses
Tuesday 18 November 14:30-15:30

Yvonne McEwen talks about her new book In the Company of Nurses -the authorised history of the British Army Nursing Service in the Great War. This important volume tells the much-neglected story of the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) during the First World War.

Casualties and Concert Parties
Wednesday 19 November 14:30-15:30

Wendy Carle Taylor and Yvonne McEwen bring to life the famous concert parties organised by Lena Ashwell on the Western Front during the Great War. These concerts and performances were particularly poignant for the sick and injured in the various base and general hospitals in France and Flanders.

Scottish War Art and Artists in the Twentieth Century – Dr Patricia Andrew
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 from 14:30 to 15:30

Dr Patricia Andrew discusses her book A Chasm of Time: Scottish War Art and Artists in the Twentieth Century, looking at Scottish artists and their experience of war, and how they recorded and interpreted Scotland at war.

In the company of nurses book cover

Exhibitions

Silhouettes in the Fog and Guiding Lights: the foundation of Scottish War Blinded.
Mezzanine Central Library, Monday 10th November – Saturday 15thNovember. 10am-8pm, Mon-Wed, 10am-5pm Thu-Sat.

In 1915, rumours began circulating on the Western Front about a deadly, pale yellow fog leaving a devastating scene of hysteria, suffering and death on the Allied trenches at Ypres. Chemical warfare contributed towards 188,706 Allied casualties inflicting permanent blindness, respiratory problems and psychological disorders on those who survived.

Scottish War Blinded will describe the seldom told story of surviving blinded soldiers returning to Scotland from the Western Front. The story will describe the development of chemical warfare during World War One, the reaction of Allied Military and medical officers, changing attitudes towards war disability in the UK and Scottish War Blinded’s foundation in 1915.

Shades of Grey, Scarlet and Tartan – Nursing in World War One
The story of nursing and caregiving during World War One.
Mezzanine. Monday 17th November-Saturday 22nd November . 10am-8pm, Mon-Wed, 10am-5pm Thu-Sat.

We will also have a display of World War One resources from our collection on the main library staircase.

Art from the first world war book cover

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