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 innovative WW1 project involving students at the Learning Centre in HMP Low Moss that explores aspects of the war through a series of educational activities.
The project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered by Ruth Facchini, manager of the Learnng Centre, and Anna Mackenzie and Rachel Webb, creative writing lecturers at New College Lanarkshire. Of the project they said:
‘Historian George Santayana famously said that those who cannot learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. With this in mind we wanted to explore the First World War through creative writing, music, art and drama. Students were introduced to the complex series of events which were the catalyst to such a catastrophic event. They also discussed life at the front, the Glasgow Rent Strikes and the crucial role women played during the war. Students also examined the role of Conscientious Objector, those men who were committed to pacifism and what their experiences of incarceration were like. ‘
The resultant anthology is a collection of poetry, flash fiction, diary entries and lyrics and letters that the students produced in response to a greater understanding of the complexity of war and the impacts on society. Copies of the anthology will be available at our opening day or you can request a copy directly from The Learning Centre, HPL Low Moss, 190 Crosshill Road, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow G64 2QB