'Silhouettes in the Fog & Guiding Lights' Exhibition

Scottish War Blinded will describe the seldom told story of surviving blinded soldiers returning to Scotland from the Western Front at Central Library, Edinburgh from Monday 10 to Saturday 22 November 2014.

In 1915, rumours began circulating on the Western Front about a deadly, pale yellow fog leaving a devastating scene of hysteria, suffering and death on the Allied trenches at Ypres. Chemical warfare contributed towards 188,706 Allied casualties inflicting permanent blindness, respiratory problems and psychological disorders on those who survived. 

The story will describe the development of chemical during World War One, the reaction of Allied Military and medical officers, changing attitudes towards war disability in the UK and Scottish War Blinded’s foundation in 1915.

Further exhibits include Scottish War Blinded’s World War One Remembered project entailing stories from relatives of members who served during the Great War and a World War One art exhibition produced by members from the Linburn Centre.

Scottish War Blinded Outreach Manager Rosie McLaughlin comments:

“It is hoped Scottish War Blinded’s World War One exhibition will enrich the existing programme of commemorative activities organised in Scotland over the next five years. The impact of war blindness during the period is seldom publicised and we encourage people of all ages to learn about the foundation of Scottish War Blinded in 1915 to meet the long term support needs of blinded soldiers.”  

The exhibition opening hours are from 10am-5pm.

For further information, please contact gary.seath@royalblind.org or phone 0131 229 1456

Delivered in partnership with:

Edinburgh City Council