during the First World War.
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The National Library of Scotland has become the first Scottish heritage organisation to be awarded a much-sought-after international accolade.
Field Marshal Douglas Haig's war diary, from the Library's collection of the Haig papers, has been added to the international register of the UNESCO Memory of the World programme.
This register recognises documentary heritage of global significance, and features only a select group of organisations.
Haig's handwritten diary provides a unique insight into the conduct of the First World War. Haig was Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force, and commanded the largest British Army ever assembled. He wrote a daily entry throughout the conflict, recording key events at battles such as the Somme and Passchendaele.
UNESCO has added other new additions to the international register, including Winston Churchill's papers, the archives of mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary and biologist Louis Pasteur, and the world's first ever sound recordings.
A number of items from the Library's collections already appear on the UK Memory of the World register. Haig's diary was added there in 2013.
- Experiences of the Great War — General Haig
- Official photos of the First World War from the Haig papers
- News archive: Haig war diary added to UNESCO register (July 2013)
21 June 2016