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The Wilfred Owen of Cartooning?

By Laurence Grove, Professor of French and Text/Image Studies, University of Glasgow

Gilkison book cover

When Marianne Taylor, best known for her work as BBC correspondent on the referendum, contacted me concerning cartoons and a family connection I was intrigued to say the least. One meeting and a couple of coffees later it felt as though I knew Archie Gilkison personally.


Syria, Iraq, and the Legacy of the Paris Peace Conference

Where do these borders come from? And how were they fixed? The answer is that – as in so many other areas of international relations – the contemporary Middle East was shaped in the aftermath of World War I.

Professor Peter Jackson, Chair of Global Security at the University of Glasgow, and Professor Christian Tams, Chair of International Law at the University of Glasgow, unpack the complicated legacy of the 1919 Paris Peace Conference that ended the First World War in a commentary published in The Scotsman, the full text of which is available here.


Curating the war

by Michael O’Brien, MSc Museum Studies postgraduate student

Of the many tasks that were presented to me on my Museum Studies MSc placement with the Great War Project, I believe the artefact selection and curation was possibly the most challenging. In this post I will discuss these challenges and the subsequent conclusions that led to the curation of artefacts in the exhibition, Glasgow University’s Great War: the University Officers Training Corps.


Michael O’Brien in the University of Glasgow memorial chapel


August 1914 Charge to Graduates: ‘We wish you Godspeed’

The University faced many challenges during the war years. At the outbreak of war in 1914 special arrangements were made for students who wanted to join the war effort. Some graduates, like Harry Sherwood Ranken, were already pursuing a military career at the outbreak of war. Others, however, rushed to sign up. Final exams and graduation had been hurriedly organised to allow the medical students to go off to serve. Nineteen of these students attended a special ceremony in the Senate Room, seven of them were already in military uniform. Below is an excerpt of the charge to medical graduates by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Sir Donald MacAlister, given on 17 August 1914 after the degrees were conferred: