Playing with The First World War

Playing is integral to human nature and in many senses it is through play that we learn about the world. Recognising the importance of video games as a modern cultural form, they should not be underes …

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Women in Engineering

Louise Bell’s is the Diverse histories researcher for the National Archives – in her second article for Digging In, she explores how the records of women in engineering can be used as a new lens to vi …

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The Wounded of WW1: Society and Rehabilitation

Louise Bell is researching the impact that war wounds of all kinds had on people and society during World War I.  Caring for the wounded was a vital, complex process involving many people, institution …

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Dr Helen Brooks on Wartime Theatre

The theatrical entertainment industry might not spring to mind initially thinking back to the First World War, but it played a crucial role throughout, from charity to propaganda. At the home front an …

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Rachel Lowther on WW1, Art and Cowardice

Rachel Lowther’s recent exhibition at the Reid Gallery, commissioned by the Glasgow School of Art (GSA), drew heavily on the School’s First World War archives.  Its title Nothing compares to the first …

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Volunteerism in Scotland

While researching recruitment and enlistment for the last open day at Digging In, I realised that if someone were to ask me ‘Would you have volunteered in August 1914?’ I would be unable to answer. It …

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Gathering the Voices

In this post, we would like to let you know about Gathering the Voices, a project which has gathered – and made available online – testimony from people who sought refuge in Scotland from Nazi-dominat …

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Why dig in?

This week of remembrance seems an apt time to reflect on why we are doing this in the first place. Some of the seeds for Digging In were planted eight years ago at Fromelles in northern France, when a …

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Brothers Behind Bars

As we mentioned in our first despatch, we are keen to share information about other WW1 projects, as well as our own. With this in mind we would like to tell you about Brothers Behind Bars, an innovat …

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The importance of food for the fighting man

At this week’s open day on the 25th of October we will be exploring food  during World War I – otherwise known as ‘chow, plonk and barkers’. At the peak of WW1,there were over two million men from aro …

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