Scottish War Blinded Commemorative Events 2014

Posted: 10/07/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

Sunday 10 August 2014:

WWI Commemorative Drumhead Service

Venue: Edinburgh Castle

Drumhead Services are a tradition which goes back centuries, conducted in the field both during armed conflict and peace time. It replicates services, often conducted on the front line, where neatly piled drums draped with appropriate colours create a makeshift altar.

Military Chaplains or Padres use this generic altar to deliver multi-denominational services to the troops.  The senior Tri-Service Chaplains conducting the Service at Edinburgh Castle will be supported by Military Pipes & Drums and Bands drawn from the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth and by selected choirs.

Scottish War Blinded staff and members are invited to attend.


Saturday 25 October 2014:

‘Commemorative Vision’ Exhibition

Venue: The Linburn Centre

‘Commemorative Vision’ is part of Age Scotland’s Luminate Festival celebrating creative ageing. This is a public World War One commemorative exhibition of art and woodwork produced by Scottish War Blinded members.

The art and craft will be presented in an art gallery style format alongside storyboards describing Scottish War Blinded’s foundation in 1915. Exhibiting members will attend the event to describe the processes in developing their work alongside Scottish War Blinded staff.

Workshops, led by Linburn Centre activity instructors, will encourage cross-generations to develop an appreciation for creative ageing and visual impairment by producing art and woodwork alongside Scottish War Blinded members.

Linburn Centre tours will also be available to describe the full range of activities, rehabilitation and social opportunities provided to members.


Friday 31 October 2014 (Provisional Date)

Scottish War Blinded Choir Session

Venue: The Howden Centre, Livingston

Linburn Centre and Outreach members will come together to perform music from WWI. This taster session has been organised as part of the aforementioned Luminate Festival 2014 with a view to forming a Scottish War Blinded Centenary Choir in 2015.


Monday 10 to Saturday 15 November 2014:

Scottish War Blinded WWI Commemorative Exhibition @ Central Library

‘Silhouettes in the Fog & Guiding Lights’

Venue: Central Library, Edinburgh

The exhibition story will describe the development of chemical warfare, attitudinal change towards disability, the foundation of Scottish War Blinded in 1915, the rehabilitation and training provided and how Scottish War Blinded services have developed to present day.

The remembrance cabinet will exhibit a wide range of WWI artefacts such as campaign medals, soldier’s bible, shell cases and War Office letters. Poppies and a light feature will contribute further towards the theme of remembrance.  An exhibition of WWI inspired art and woodwork produced by Scottish War Blinded members will also feature.

The Edinburgh’s War History Hub will provide visitors with an opportunity to learn more about Scotland’s contribution to WWI on the home and fighting fronts. Seminars will support the exhibition describing the impact of gas attacks, nursing in war hospitals and rehabilitation and therapy.

The exhibition timings are as follows:

            Monday to Wednesday:      10am to 8pm

            Thursday to Saturday:         10am to 5pm


Tuesday 11 November 2014:

Remembrance Service at the Linburn Centre

Venue: Linburn Centre

A remembrance service will be held at the Linburn Centre followed by the laying of commemorative wreaths, music and WWI poetry recitals from members and guests.