History of the Forth in wartime is focus for Forum

A view of the  Forth estuary
A view of the Forth estuary

How was the present day Forth Estuary shaped by the war? That’s exactly what members of the public are being invited to find out.

The Forth Estuary Forum will hold its 21st annual conference on Thursday, November 6, at Craiglockhart Campus in Edinburgh.

And its theme will be ‘Defending the Forth: the legacy of war for people, places and wildlife’.

Forum Manager, Frances Edwards said: “Following on from the many excellent commemorations of the First World War that have been held this year, this conference was planned to encourage people to view the history from a different angle.

“We will look at the less obvious associations between the need to defend the estuary during past conflicts and the present environment of the Forth and activities around it.”

There will be presentations on The Forth Front: Falkirk district’s maritime contribution to World War Two by Geoff Bailey, keeper of archaeology and local history at Falkirk Museum, and Historic Scotland’s recent publication Scotland’s First World War by author Kevin Munro.

Further presentations will highlight the main wildlife species which have adopted the old military buildings and efforts to record, protect and commemorate some of the Forth’s key wartime underwater sites.

There will also be a presentation from the Royal Navy and Aircraft Carrier Alliance on the building of the new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers on the Forth.

To book a conference place, call the Forum at 01383 420104 or email secretary@forthes