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Remembering Scotland At War, the pioneering online museum with a social networking area particularly aimed at ‘capturing memories’ developed by Museums Galleries Scotland, has been shortlisted for a Museums and Heritage award.
The online museum showcases and encourages personal accounts from civilians, younger and older veterans, and currently serving military of how conflict has affected them. It also features a dedicated learning centre where pupils, teachers and parents can download school-based activities and images. It is also available to teachers and pupils through Learning and Teaching Scotland’s Scottish schools’ intranet, Glow.
Reacting to the news Joanne Orr, CEO, Museums Galleries Scotland said:
“We really enjoyed leading on this ground breaking project. We wanted to use advancing technology to increase the options for the way museums and galleries tell stories about their collections and – most importantly – how those stories affect individuals. What we have now is a well-received learning resource. We are delighted to have our work recognised and with inclusion on the Museums and Heritage Award shortlist.”
In addition to the online museum’s exhibitions, Remembering Scotland at War also features an interactive social media area where personal memories can be exchanged. Here, anyone can create a profile to upload their own reminiscences, photographs and videos, discuss exhibitions and make comments. The museum is free, constantly evolving and fully interactive.
To develop the online museum, Museums Galleries Scotland worked with 13 museums and galleries across Scotland to create the thought-provoking exhibitions. These stretch from The Museum of The Black Watch (Perth) and Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum (Lyness) to West Dunbartonshire Council and Highland Council. Part of creating these stories involved working closely with local schools, youth and community groups to gather emotive reminiscences.
To explore the exhibitions or to add a memory visit the museum at rememberingscotlandatwar.org.uk/
Further details on the Museums and Heritage awards available from http://www.museumsandheritage.com.
The winners will be announced on Wednesday 11 May.
Notes to editors
• Remembering Scotland at War can provide lots of varied opportunities for in-depth features and interesting articles. Please contact our Communications Manager
• Museums Galleries Scotland represent and support over 340 museums and galleries across Scotland.
• Remembering Scotland at War is the culmination of a 3 year project led by Museums Galleries Scotland and funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Remembering Scotland At War features over 200 exhibitions, interviews, photographs and footage spanning from the Second World War to more recent conflicts including Iraq and Afghanistan. Accounts include personal stories of individuals, families, local communities, and even the impact on Scotland’s landscapes.
• The exhibitions feature hundreds of moving accounts. Being taken prisoner by the Germans in World War Two, being a child buried in rubble during the Clydebank Blitz and training for deployment to Afghanistan are all examples of how people have remembered a ‘conflict role’.
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