Reflection and Commemoration at Central Library

Posted: 21/11/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

As Scottish War Blinded’s World War One commemorative exhibition draws to a close at Central Library, Gary Seath reflects upon what has proven a highly emotive, poignant event:

“I am delighted our exhibition, ‘Silhouettes in the Fog & Guiding Lights: The Foundation of Scottish War Blinded’, has brought generations together in the spirit of commemoration.

“The exhibition storyboards have provided a highly emotive narrative to the subject of war blindness, from the horrors of the Western Front and battlefield trauma care to the new lease of life surviving blinded soldiers experienced as a result of rehabilitation and training from Scottish War Blinded.

“Our World War One remembered cabinet, describing the experiences of Scottish War Blinded members’ relatives in the Great War, provided a highly poignant, engaging narrative alongside exhibits such as medals, letters from the front and photographs.

“Scottish War Blinded members produced a range of World War One art and woodwork for the exhibition which proved highly popular. Profile cards were produced describing their visual impairments and the inspirations behind their work assisting visitors develop a keen appreciation of their work.

“The exhibition has also been successful in raising awareness of current Scottish War Blinded services and eligibility for membership. Many visitors were not aware that the majority of our members, who have served in World War Two, National service, Korea and Ireland, have developed visual impairments in subsequent later life and, as a result, we have reached a number of new members who will benefit from our services.

“The exhibition concludes at Central Library on Saturday 22 November 2014, but further opportunities to view our exhibition will be possible as it tours Edinburgh City Council community libraries in December and a range of museums in 2015.”

Visitor comments:

“I found the exhibition very informative and moving and very much enjoyed seeing the art and woodwork produced by visually impaired veterans.”

“The exhibition has been a highly emotive, well presented description of an aspect of World War One I knew very little about.”

“It was interesting to learn more detail about the use of chemical warfare and the development of services for men affected in various ways by poisonous gas.”

“Very interesting and informative, the personal stories really made it very real.”