During the centenary commemoration of the Great War the Library supported local history publications and events to bring Shetland's war history to a wider audience.
Much of our work was done in partnership with the Shetland Museum and Archives. Our work was supported by two generous grants from the Public Library Improvement Fund which is enabling us to publish some high quality local history books about Shetland's war. Free copies are being distributed to the community and to libraries across Scotland. They are available to borrow, or to buy for just £5. List of Library publications
Family Memories: A Shetland's War event
1 September 2018 - an illustrated talk on Dr Elsie Inglis (1864-1917)
Surgeon, suffragist and founder of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals
|More information: The Rev. Hugh Maddox is the son of Dr Elsie Inglis’s beloved niece, and so has many family memories of this remarkable doctor, who led her band of Scottish Women to field hospitals in Serbia and on the Russian Front.
Marsali Taylor edited Forgotten Heroines, the diaries of the intrepid Ysabel Birkbeck, who was one of Dr Inglis’s drivers in Roumania.
Dr Inglis visited Shetland in 1913, and the Shetland Women’s Suffrage Society collected money towards her hospitals throughout the war.
Shetlland's War events and highlights
A few useful links and resources associated with our projects:
This highly acclaimed 2017 production by Shetland Youth Theatre featured the work of Shetland's war poet Jack Peterson. We also hosted a talk about Jack Peterson in the Library in February 2018, delivered by Dr Mark Smith from Shetland Museum and Archives.
This film by J.J. Jamieson was screened at Jon Sandison's talk about the Battle of Ancre in November 2017, and we gave it its online premiere. Also find here a list of over 20 Shetland men who died at Ancre on 'Shetland's Darkest Day', 13 November 1916. Ancre: list of casualties [PDF].
These are materials specially created by the Library to suit different age groups.
Writing about the First World War began soon after the fighting started - everything from propaganda to oral history. Originally called the Great War, its centenary is seeing a barrage of new materials to provide modern analysis and interpretations for all ages. This is a short bibliography which concentrates on materials with useful Shetland content.