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Digging In Pollok Park: A Tour of the Trenches

By Euan Loarridge, Great War Project Editor

Digging in Map

Satellite image of the Pollock Park trenches, taken  24/05/2018. Features are marked numerically and match the headings in this post. Google 2018.

For the past three years, Northlight Heritage, in partnership with the University of Glasgow and Glasgow City Council, has built and maintained a series of reconstruction trenches in the grounds of Pollok Country Park. As the centenary comes to a close, so to do the trenches, with the final open day taking place Sunday 9th of December 2018 (For more information see here). This post is the first of a two part blog which will take a virtual tour of the trenches explaining their purpose and how they have developed over the past three years. The second part of this blog will be made available on the DiggingIn Website.


Event: ‘Shipbuilding on the Home Front during the Great War’ October 24th 2018


A standard ship under construction at a shipyard along the River Clyde in Scotland 1917. The progress seen in the photograph was the result of two weeks’ work. (IWM Q 19455)

Public Lecture

 ‘Shipbuilding on the Home Front during the Great War, with special reference to Clydeside’.

Professor Hugh Murphy, Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow


Wednesday 24th October 2018


Yudowitz Seminar Room

Wolfson Medical School Building

University Avenue.


An event to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War.

Sponsored by the Centre for Business History in Scotland.

University of Glasgow


RSVP Christine Leslie by e-mail no later than Friday 12 October.

Refreshments will be served



King George V watching workers shaping steel stays during his visit to the Harland & Wolff Ltd. shipyard in Govan, Glasgow, 20 September 1917. (IWM Q 54808)

Event: A Glasgow Elegy, November 10th 2018

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Date: Saturday 10 November 2018
Time: 19:30 – 21:15 approx.
Venue: University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel, off University Avenue, G12 8QQ

The University of Glasgow Choral Society & Chapel Choir are pleased to announce that the One Hundredth Anniversary of the 1918 Armistice will be commemorated by a special concert, held in the University’s Memorial Chapel on Saturday, November 10th. To mark this special occasion, a new choral piece has been commissioned from the young Glasgow composer, Tom Harrold, which will be premiered as part of the concert programme. The text of the piece, ‘A Glasgow Elegy’, has been written specially by the poet Grahame Davies and will be conducted by Katy Lavinia Cooper.


Tickets: £10 (student concession £5 with ID) on door from 6.45pm subject to availability.

Advance ticket reservations from 15 October by emailing (for collection and payment on door by 7.15pm) or through the eventbrite page:


The Way, The Truth, The Life.

You left the path that leads away from pain

and took the way you cannot take again.

You trusted that the search for truth was sweet,

but bitter fruit you did not fear to eat.

You loved, and so you left the light of day

and found a greater light a darker way.

A Glasgow Elegy, by Grahame Davies


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.


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.


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.


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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Our University’s War: introducing Glasgow University’s Great War Centenary Project

By Dr Tony Pollard

This project is primarily about sharing the stories of those who walked, or even marched, on the beautiful Gilmorehill campus before us. It is about remembering our own community in the “war to end all wars”. We want to tell of the individual staff and students, the soldiers, nurses, engineers and even the diplomats and spies who made Gilmorehill what it is today.

Our University has long embraced diversity. Those who have been displaced from the collective wartime memory – the women doctors, the conscientious objectors and our alumni who fought for Germany and her Allies – will be remembered as part of this Project.