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Announcing Veterans’ Voices – and how you can get involved.

28th February 2019

We are pleased to announce Veterans’ Voices, an exciting new project from Poppyscotland Learning. Veterans’ Voices will be a unique resource of a high quality film archive of interviews with veterans of military conflict from 1939 to the present day, who are living in Scotland. Our ambition is to capture as many of these personal recollections, so that their stories can live on.

We aim to have an interview with at least one veteran from every conflict where the British Armed Forces have been stationed since 1939. We also aim to have a range of veterans of different ages, backgrounds and experiences. The veterans will be asked the same set of questions giving a unique insight into their experiences and views at different times in history. We will also do some group interviews to allow intergenerational interaction. These groups would have mixed experiences and be diverse, although some could come from the same regiments at different times to enhance the change in experience.

Interviews will cover veterans’ experiences and their thoughts on remembrance. It is important that these voices are captured now before they can no longer be shared, ensuring greater understanding for future generations.

The completed body of work will be available to view on the Poppyscotland Learning website and will be used by schools, but promoted beyond this. We will also link the opportunity to view these films to our evening events for local volunteers and community groups.

The short video clips will help people develop a better understanding and engage with veterans, building a greater appreciation of more recent and less well-known conflicts. It is important that interviews have gender balance and include representatives from minority groups. The opportunity to have veterans speak to an educational audience has been flagged as important, while audiences are keen to understand more about recent conflicts and veterans’ experiences.

If you are, or know, a veteran who would like to be involved, please contact veteransvoices@poppyscotland.org.uk or the Veterans’ Voices Researcher Hannah Uttley on 07833 750937 for more information.

Funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR Funds and National Lottery Heritage Fund.