Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Great War Dundee Commemorative Project

Great War Dundee will host a public Open Day at the Steps Theatre tomorrow - Wednesday, 25th September from 2pm.   Many of the partnership organisations involved with the project will be available for consultation.    Admission is free.

Great War Dundee, a city-wide partnership of organisations believed to be the first community co-operative in Britain to plan for the start of next year’s commemoration.

At the partnership’s launch last month, the programme planned by Great War was highlighted.  This includes:

a major public event in City Square on August 4, 2014 – 100 years on from the moment the war started
a Great War exhibition at the McManus Galleries
various significant events at The Black Watch Museum, Perth
a Battle of Loos commemorative concert
a compilation of the first full record of Dundee’s fallen
a prestigious lecture series, attracting renowned military history experts to the city, to be held at Dundee University
a new book about the history of the 4th Black Watch, ‘Dundee’s Own’, to be launched at a Great War Dundee Open Day event next month.
new undergraduate modules at Dundee University, and an evening class run through the University’s continuing education department on Films of the First World War
various commemorative exhibitions at museums across Tayside and Fife
community drama performances 
a number of Great War-related monthly lunchtime talks at Dundee City Archives
a new ‘one-stop shop’ web portal on all First World War information held in Dundee, which will allow the public to add their own stories. 
a book of war poetry by Joseph Lee and an exhibition on Lee by Dundee University’s archive and museum services
a tour of ‘forgotten’ sites, including airfields, hospitals, munitions factories and military camps to learn more about the significance of the war’s impact on the local area.

Great War Dundee is a superb commemorative project that will be supported by the whole city.