A fantastic day was had by all at Edinburgh Castle yesterday (Thu 24 June), to celebrate the launch of Remembering Scotland At War, a pioneering online museum focussed on Scotland’s involvement in war and conflict, from World War II to the present day.
The day started with a Press Conference, featuring guest speakers: Dr Joyce Deans CBE (pictured), who as a 12 year old pupil of Laurel Bank School was evacuated to Auchterarder House in Perthshire; Ms Fiona Macfarlane, Cultural Co-ordinator for West Lothian Council’s Arts Services; and Lieutenant Jonathan Phillips of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS)
An opportunity for interviews and photographs followed – the spotlight falling on Shetland pony Cruachan III, the mascot for the Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 SCOTS). Also attending were pupils from Torphichen Primary School in Bathgate; Sam Kemp and Tom Gardner, both Korean War veterans; and members of 40 Regiment Royal Artillery Pipe Band.
Rounding off the official launch was a lunch event featuring: big band music from That Swing Sensation; dancing by Fly Right Dance; website demonstrations; and a wartime-themed lunch – including specially-made Remembering Scotland At War cupcakes!
A huge thank you to colleagues at Museums Galleries Scotland, who made the day run so smoothly! Without so many capable hands, it would surely have been a much poorer event.
Thanks also to the staff of Historic Scotland and Benugo Events for being so welcoming, hospitable and accommodating!
Finally, thanks to the many people who have contributed to the site, particularly the 13 museums and galleries involved, and the many veterans (both military and civilian) who have offered their stories – without these, there wouldn’t be Remembering Scotland At War!
To see news footage of the day, go to:
STV Scotland Today – starts at 9.01
BBC Reporting Scotland – starts at 21.44
To view the online museum and Sign Up, go to www.RememberingScotlandAtWar.org.uk
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