14th December 2018
On Thursday 6th December WW100 Scotland hosted a collaborative education event at the National Museum of Scotland focusing of the aftermath of WW1, and Poppyscotland was there to deliver an interactive learning workshop entitled ‘Poppies: Past and Present’. Delivered in partnership with Abertay University’s School of Design and Informatics, these workshops invited secondary school pupils to engage with ‘Their Memory’, a prototype VR simulation that sees players explore the real-life memories of those who have served their country across major conflicts, alongside materials from the Poppyscotland archives including historical photographs and documents from Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory.
Other organisations established during the aftermath of WW1 hosted workshops at the event, including The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Erskine and the Royal British Legion Scotland. With over 100 pupils in attendance, the day was opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, who even took the time to try out the VR experience for herself!
Fiona Hyslop said:
“World War I had a devastating impact across Scotland, with no town or village unaffected. This event will help young people understand that, although the guns fell silent, life did not go back to normal and many, both returning servicemen and those whose loved ones did not return, were faced with new struggled to rebuild their lives.
“As we near the end of the centenary commemorations, it is important that we continue to remember the tragedy of World War I and recognise the incredible bravery our soldiers and communities showed as they faced an uncertain future after the war.
“Especially as we celebrate 2018 Year of Young People, this initiative plays an important role in engaging our younger generations, helping ensure the legacy of World War I is not forgotten.”
You can find out more about the ‘Their Memory’ VR project and the exciting work of the team at Abertay University by reading our dedicated blog piece here.