Exhibition to focus on how World War One hit Duns

SBBN World War One Duns exhibition
SBBN World War One Duns exhibition

A new exhibition at Duns Library Contact Centre shows the effects of World War One on a town hundreds of miles from the frontline.

Shops and businesses had to cope with fewer staff as their employees signed up to fight ‘for King and country’. Everyone was involved in fundraising to buy ships, planes and tanks. They also collected home comforts for the men in the trenches.

This period also saw the emergence of women in the workplace, with so many men going abroad to fight.

Staying at home wasn’t always safe, either. Berwickshire was hit by several stray bombs from the newly militarised zeppelins of the German air force in 1916.

Dunse History Society and Scottish Borders Museum Service have joined forces to research World War One for this fascinating exhibition.

Photographs, objects, local newspapers and town council records have been used to build up a picture of Duns in the 1914-18 period. Many local people have also loaned poignant items about relatives involved in the war to show in this exhibition.

‘The Great War in Duns’ exhibition is in Duns Library Contact Centre, and is open during library hours from October 4 to November 15. Monday, Thursday, Friday - 10am to 5pm; Tuesday – 1pm to 7pm; Wednesday 10am – 1pm; Saturday 9.30am – 12.30pm.

Meanwhile the region’s primary schools are investigating their communities’ involvement in WWI in a national competition,set up by veterans charity, Legion Scotland.

Schools will be looking at what war meant for the families and children of their area, and use photography to capture the stories gathered as part of the project.

Pupils from P5, P6 and P7 will investigate the life of one person or a family who lived during World War One, and interview local people to source stories, either personal or handed down.

They will also get a chance to look at artefacts that might be hidden away in attics or left on mantlepieces and write 500 words to complement their photography entries.

Legion Scotland, which is the country’s largest veterans’ membership charity, has launched the competition for all primary schools across Scotland .

It is part of the charity’s special ‘Voices of Veterans’ campaign which aims to commemorate the outbreak of World War One and pay tribute to all ex-servicemen and women whether they served yesterday or half a century ago.