Cash boost for WWI centenary events


West Lothian is one of seven council areas to receive a share of £100,000 to explore the impact of WWI in Scotland.

The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) has allocated the funding to library services to commemorate the anniversary next year of the outbreak of the First World War.

Moira Methven, chief executive at SLIC, said: “There will be a programme of activity across Scotland to commemorate the conflict and reflect on the devastating impact on communities. We’re funding these projects to ensure library services are able to play their part in the commemorations.

“Libraries are a great space for learning, and provide a hub to bring communities together.”

Across West Lothian, there will be a schools pack produced on the impact of the First World War on local communities. There will also be a community project with local people investigating the war’s impact on the local area, resulting in an exhibition and creation of a West Lothian section on the Scotland’s War website.

Book groups in local libraries, including Linlithgow library, will focus particularly on Great War literature, and a series of creative writing classes will use participants’ own family stories of the period as inspiration. The West Lothian Family History Society will also hold family history workshops in schools and libraries to help people find out their own personal family connections to the war.

Dave King, executive councillor for culture and leisure, said: “It’s important we mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, with the impact still being felt in West Lothian and around the country as a whole to this day.”

The West Lothian programme has received £5135.90 award from the Scottish Government’s Public Library scheme.