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Event: The Science of Flight, June 7th, 6:30pm

A free evening event of talks focusing on the history and future of flight and the Royal Air Force. Part of the Glasgow Science Festival 2018 and the Wings to War Exhibition. Register for Tickets on Evenbright.

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Glasgow Science Festival: The Science of Flight

Date: 7 June 2018
Time: 18.00-20.30
Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre, 3 Kelvin Way, Glasgow

Discover Glasgow’s contributions to aeronautics over the last century, since University of Glasgow alumnus Sir David Henderson founded the RAF in 1918. How have science, medicine and engineering evolved? How did pilots deal with the physiological and psychological effects of flying then and now? And what does the future hold?

An interdisciplinary panel from the University of Glasgow will comment on the past, present and future of military aviation from a distinctly Glaswegian perspective.

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Visit the Wings to War Exhibition in the University Chapel commemorating a century of flight at Glasgow

18.00 Drinks will be served to celebrate the wonderful range of Festival events starting at the University of Glasgow. A pop up exhibition from the University Archive will feature stories of pioneering Glasgow women in military aviation.

18.30 Welcome/Glasgow and the origins of the Royal Air Force –  Tony Pollard, Professor of Conflict History & Archaeology (School of Humanities)

18.50 From Campus to the Clouds: Glasgow University and the Royal Air Force – Jesper Ericsson, Curator of the Wings to War Exhibition in the University of Glasgow Chapel (The Hunterian)

19.05 Flight and the Human Body and Mind – Dr Beverly Bergman, Honorary Senior Research Fellow (Institute of Health and Wellbeing)

19.20 The Evolution and Future of Military Aviation – George Barakos, Professor of Aerospace Sciences (School of Engineering)

19.35 The RAF and Glasgow beyond 2020 – Flight Lt Doug Galletly, Commanding Officer 4 Air Experience Flight

Talks Followed by a Q&A.

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Sir Charles Wilson Building, once the Hillhead Congregational Church, 3 Kelvin Way, Glasgow.

 

Tickets for this event are available here.

For more events and exhibitions relating to the Glasgow Science Festival 2018, 7th-17th of June, see here.

 

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Humanising the soldier: reflecting on my research in WWI archives

by Brianna E Robertson-Kirkland, PhD Candidate (Music), University of Glasgow

For this blog, I will be reflecting on my recent biographical research on five men from Glasgow who all fought and died in the Great War. I have chosen to highlight three soldiers I investigated who were graduates from the University of Glasgow and whose names are now commemorated in the University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel. My research background is not in anything related to war studies; rather I research 18th century music. That being said, a large proportion of my PhD was untangling the timelines of several British opera singers and reconstructing more accurate biographical accounts of their careers. In many ways, researching Great War soldiers was very similar; during war small but important details skew the timeline and can make it difficult to track what was happening when. However, I did find another alarming difference in my secondary investigations into these men.

What did they do before the war? What were their hobbies? What had been their aspirations if war had never been declared? Did any other family members also serve and did they survive the war?

During my initial research, I found a few brief biographical accounts on the internet but I was surprised at the lack of information regarding the character of these men. For quite a few of the names, there was detailed information about the battles and their travel from place to place; all things I had assumed would be quite complicated to trace. There was even grizzly information about how they were killed, but I couldn’t get a sense of who they were as individuals. What did they do before the war; what were their hobbies; what had been their aspirations if war had never been declared; did any other family members also serve and did they survive the war? These are simple questions, but they can transform the story of a soldier allowing him to become more relatable to a 21st century audience and for a family member in search of information, I would hope that it would bring both comfort and intrigue. More importantly, these aspects about a person’s character come through in the war diaries but have not been incorporated into individual histories. It is for this reason I chose to explore the individuality of each man, and while there is some information about their military careers, I also highlight their schooling, family connections and hobbies.

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Commemorating the sinking of the Lusitania 100 years ago today.

Today at 2.15pm is the centenary of the sinking of the Lusitania: the largest, fastest and most luxurious ship of her generation.

The RMS Lusitania (DC 101/379)

The RMS Lusitania (DC 101/379)

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Remembering the Sons of Lord Maclay

In a previous post we talked about the University Chapel organ that was kindly donated by Lord Maclay. Today’s blog will offer some more information on Lord Maclay and his sons who perished during the Great War.

In 1921, Lord and Lady Maclay donated their home at 17 Park Terrace to the University in memory of their two sons who fell during the Great War. A plaque was erected to commemorate the gift, it reads:

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Gifted to Glasgow University by

Sir Joseph and Lady Maclay

In memory of their sons

Lieut. Ebenezer Maclay Scots Guards

killed in action before Arras 1918

and

Lieut . William S. Maclay Scottish Rifles

Killed in action in Gallipoli 1915

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Glasgow’s War: Remembrance Day in George Square

By Demi Boyd, Club 21 intern

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On the evening of November 11th 2014 Glasgow’s experience of World War One was commemorated with a light show projected on to Glasgow City Chambers. The display, which lasted 27 minutes and was played on a loop at intervals from 7pm until midnight, featured audio, film, and still images and was aptly titled ‘Glasgow’s War.’

A couple of weeks ago I started a Club 21 internship with the University of Glasgow Archive Services. The project I have been working on involved creating an album in Flickr, ‘Glasgow’s War’ son et lumiere project.  This gave a taster of the images selected from collections held in the University that were to be used in the WWI Commemoration ‘Glasgow’s War.’ On Tuesday evening I went along to George Square to see the display.

The projection included stories from Glasgow’s home front and featured images from the Rent strikes, shipyards and munitions…

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Remembering Donald Williamson Rennie

By Bill Sutherland, Great War Project volunteer

11 November 2014 is the first Remembrance Day of the First World War Centenary. It is coincidentally the centenary of the death of Second-Lieutenant Donald Williamson Rennie (1st Royal Fusiliers), a member of the University Officers Training Corps. Rennie’s was the third cross placed in the University of Glasgow Garden of Remembrance.

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University of Glasgow Archives Reference: CH4/4/2/2/232

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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.

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Michael O’Brien in the University of Glasgow memorial chapel

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