Exhibition marks war centenary

Kilted soldier in trench reading a letter
Soldier reading a letter from home.

Individual stories from the 1914-1918 war are at the heart of a major new National Library of Scotland exhibition.

'Behind the lines: Personal stories of the First World War' looks at the war through the eyes of people on active service and those who worked or waited at home. 

Treasured letters, diaries, journals and photographs record what these Scots experienced during a conflict that changed Europe.

Marking the centenary of the start of the war, in August 1914, the exhibition also includes recruitment posters, contemporary films, maps, official reports, and propaganda material.

One of the most important historical documents from this period is the diary of Field Marshal Haig, Commander in Chief of the British Army on the Western Front for most of the war. Excerpts appear through the exhibition, along with other items from the Haig papers in the Library's collections.

Read more in our exhibition press release

27 June 2014

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