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Scotland's War
« on: Saturday 19 July 14 11:13 BST (UK) »
Since 2008, the University of Edinburgh's Centre for the Study of Modern Conflict has been working with Edinburgh, Leith and the Lothians' libraries, schools and community groups to ensure that the story of Scotland's contribution to the Great War is not forgotten. Furthermore, the partnership was strengthened when The Scottish Military Research Group became a partner in 2010, History Fest in 2011, and the National Library of Scotland in 2013. Scotland's War was launched on 28 June 2013. On 7 July 2013, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) joined as a partner. A number of other organisations have made initial contact indicating a wish to work with us and The Scotsman has recently become a partner, publishing with us a series of supplements. The newspaper has an online readership of three million. From our joint efforts over the past few years, it has become all too obvious that the history of this nation at war remains largely untold, particularly the civilian efforts on the Home Front.

From the earliest days of the project, public engagement has been central to its success. We now have a very active programme working with libraries, carrying out WW1 archival and document searches, and the public and institutions have submitted family or institutional papers for inclusion in the WW1 public engagement initiative. Many of them can now be found on www.edinburghs-war.ed.ac.uk. We have strict guidelines and an ethical policy on the submission and use of documents, photographs, artefacts and memorabilia.

In October 2012, in collaboration with our partners, Edinburgh City Libraries, we launched The WW1 History Hub which is supporting people to tell family stories about their contribution to the Great War. The WW1 History Hub initiative is a first in the UK and is a product of years of work between Edinburgh City Libraries and the University of Edinburgh.

We have a unique opportunity to allow the present generation of Scots to trace the footsteps of their ancestors in order to tell the whole story of Scotland's people, their service, and their sacrifice in the Great War and to reflect on the consequences of a conflict that arguably changed our nation forever.

Using the same template as Edinburgh's War, the Scotland's War website has been designed and tested, and we now have 17 partners throughout Scotland, uploading material to, for example, Shetland's War, Stirlingshire's War, Fife's War, and so on.

We are writing to see if you would be interested in becoming part of Perth and Kinross's War and helping to create a unique resource for generations to come.

We look forward to hearing from you, and if you would like to discuss any aspect of this, please give a telephone number and suggest a good time to call.

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