Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Their Past Your Future Scotland website

I've just come across a Lottery funded website project entitled Their Past Your Future Scotland, which seeks to preserve the stories of past sacrifices in war for future generations. From the site:

Building on the success of previous years, TPYF Scotland will bring young people and older generations in the local community together to capture unique oral histories that will concentrate on the Second World War and all subsequent conflicts.

The results from these oral history projects will form a series of some 300 on-line mini exhibitions or ‘vignettes’ – oral histories and associated illustrative exhibits from local and national collections. They may include diary extracts, newspaper articles, old photographs, archive film, all manner of old documents and paintings. Together they will create a vivid story of a person, event or place.

Their Past Your Future Scotland will culminate with the launch of a website in 2010. The vignettes and related historic objects will be available as a classroom teaching aid via Learning and Teaching Scotland’s new Scottish schools’ intranet, Glow. This ensures these projects become a rich educational resource for teachers and a global legacy for young people and the wider community involved.

This is a fantastic opportunity to ensure that the memories and first-hand knowledge of war is never forgotten, enabling generations within communities to discover personal stories which have affected or involved their local area.

The project has in fact been going on a UK wide basis since the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2 in 2005, but has now entered a second phase, with the website a part of that. Included is a new online exhibition on the Clydebank blitz.

Worth exploring at

Scotland's Greatest Story

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