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Educationalists in the trenches are overruled by PR-led general staff

Educationalists in the trenches are overruled by PR-led general staff

In recent years, school trips to Auschwitz and the battlefields of the 1914-18 War have become common. They provide an unrivalled opportunity for young people to understand the march of history far more tangibly manner than text books or teacher-talk. They offer a unique perspective on the […]

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Power to the People: Lothian Life review

Power to the People: Lothian Life review

In 2011, North Edinburgh Social History Group published ‘Never Give Up’, a vibrant history of social issues and campaigns in North Edinburgh over a period of 70 years.  We reviewed it in Lothian Life (http://www.lothianlife.co.uk/2011/07/never-give-up-%E2%80%93-say-north-edinburgh-social-history-group/), a review which excited considerable interest. The North Edinburgh Social History Group, […]

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Power to the People: Edinburgh grabs adult learning initiative

Power to the People: Edinburgh grabs adult learning initiative

In June 2011, the North Edinburgh Social History Group published Never Give Up, an illustrated history of a community’s fight for social justice.  A huge success, it deomstrated the often unseen, certainly unheralded, capacity of communities to improve the lives of their citizens and to create local […]

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Missed opportunity: Educational angle to Wallace exhibit deserved more attention

Missed opportunity: Educational angle to Wallace exhibit deserved more attention

The Scottish Parliament’s summer exhibition, Special Delivery: the William Wallace Letters, succeeds at three quite different levels, educational, historical and political. Unfortunately, the exhibition’s educational elements are physically less than obvious. One computer, facing away from the main exhibition, captures the work of five schools: John Paul […]

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Special Delivery: the Wallace Letters

Special Delivery: the Wallace Letters

The Scottish Parliament’s current exhibition, running until 8 September, is ‘Special Delivery: The William Wallace Letters’.  The centre-pieces are the only two original letters with a direct link to William Wallace. After the deaths in 1286 ofAlexander III and the Maid of Norway, Scotland had no monarch.  […]

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Dreaming and Declaring American Independence

Dreaming and Declaring American Independence

The National Library of Scotland’s current exhibition, Dreaming and Declaring American Independence: the Foundation of the United States of America, runs throughout the Edinburgh Festival, closing on 16 September.  It may have a long and complex title but its purposes are simple: to illustrate the roots of American […]

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Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 11

Brechin City: 1906-1920, the Early Years   By ALEX. WOOD     CHAPTER 11           A FEW MORE BRECHIN FOOTBALLING SOLDIERS   George Gallacio   One of the noted patrons of Brechin Hearts Junior FC was George Gallacio.[1]  George Gallacio, the original proprietor of Gallacio’s ice cream parlour […]

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Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 10

Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 10

Brechin City: 1906-1920, the Early Years  By ALEX. WOOD CHAPTER 10           AFTER THE WAR The 1914-18 War and its Remembrance To wander the graveyards – of all nationalities – of the battlefields of France and Flanders is an awesome and moving experience. The German cemeteries are stark, […]

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Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 9

Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 9

  Brechin City: 1906-1920, the Early Years By ALEX. WOOD   CHAPTER 9             WAR ENDS; FOOTBALL RECOMMENCES 1917-18 For a second successive year, Brechin City had no fixtures but many of its former continued the daily reality of military service. Casualties Gordon Macfarlane: killed Sergeant Gordon […]

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Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 8

Brechin City: the Early Years CHAPTER 8

Brechin City: 1906-1920, the Early Years  By ALEX. WOOD CHAPTER 8             THE MIDDLE YEARS OF THE WAR 1915-16: A Skeletal Season LIMITED OPPORTUNITIES The AGM of the Northern League was held in August 1915 and there it was indicated by the representatives of the four Forfarshire county […]

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