Artefacts from the Great War wanted for centenary in 2012

17 October 2012

Local history organisations from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are appealing for artefacts from the First World War, as they plan commemorative events for the centenary in 2014.

 Members of the public are invited to bring along artefacts and memorabilia from the Great War to an enquiry day, from 2pm to 4pm, on Saturday 27 October, at the Cowdray Hall, Schoolhill, Aberdeen.

Items which could be borrowed for temporary exhibitions are particularly sought.

Fiona Musk, archivist, at Aberdeen City Council, said: "The First World War is rapidly vanishing from living memory, and by having this enquiry day we are hoping to see what items people have, hear the stories behind them thus keeping the memory of those who served, lived and worked throughout the campaign alive. With many activities and events planned between 2014 and 2018 we hope that people will be willing to share a piece of their history and play a part in the centenary."

Jenny Brown, curator (Industrial and Social History) with Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, added: "I'm hoping we'll see some of the personal stories on the day; the contributions local people made to the war effort such as manufacturing munitions and what life on the home front was like."

Local experts from the following organisations will be on hand at this free event:

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums;

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives;

Local Studies, Aberdeen Central Library;

Aberdeenshire Libraries;

University of Aberdeen Special Collections;

Aberdeen & North East Scotland Family History Society.

Before bringing a weapon from the Great War along to the event members of the public should seek advice from Grampian Police as to whether or not it is prohibited or requires a licence.

Anyone who has lots of objects or bulky, heavy items can instead bring good quality photographs of the items along to the Cowdray Hall.

If you have any questions about the day, please contact Jenny Brown, curator (Industrial and Social History), Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums on (01224) 337719 or email