Scottish War Blinded Launch World War One Commemorative Exhibition

Posted: 11/11/2014 | Scottish War Blinded

Scottish War Blinded successfully launched their exhibition 'Silhouettes in the Fog and Guiding Lights' at Central Library on Monday 10 November 2014.

The exhibition describes the devastating effects of gas attacks during World War One and the foundation of Scottish War Blinded to provide rehabilitation and training to blinded soldiers returning to Scotland from the Western Front.

The event welcomed representatives of Veterans Agencies, Edinburgh City Council, members of Scottish War Blinded as well as those who have generously supported the charity.

Guests were welcomed to the event by Central Library Manager Paul McCloskey followed by speeches from Scottish War Blinded’s Outreach Manager Rosie McLaughlin and Project Leader for Scotland’s War Project Yvonne McEwen.

Scottish War Blinded member Derek McDonald provided guests with an insight into Scottish War Blinded membership and how the charity has helped him to expand his horizons through rehabilitation, activities and social opportunities provided at the Linburn Centre.

Guests were then invited to view the exhibition storyboards which detail the development of chemical warfare during World War One, trauma care on the battle field, attitudinal change towards disability and the foundation of Scottish War Blinded.

The exhibition also features stories of relatives of Scottish War Blinded members who fought in The Great War alongside WWI artefacts such as medals, letters and photographs.

Also exhibited are some of the Art and Woodwork projects carried out by the members at Linburn centre, all linked by the theme of World War One and remembrance.

Guest comments:

"Excellent insight into often forgotten issues and consequences of the Conflict"

“Particularly liked the display of medals and stories of individuals”

“Very informative, easy to follow, I particularly liked the display of medals and stories of individuals.”