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Museum unveils Armistice 100 exhibition

Published Thursday, 08 November 2018

Hamilton based artist Allison Smith

A photographic exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War has opened at Low Parks Museum.

The images taken from the Cameronians Regimental Collection, which is maintained by South Lanarkshire’s museum service, include photographs taken by the officers and men of the regiment, some of which have rarely or never been put on public display before.

In addition to the posed photographs taken by official photographers the exhibition includes a fascinating selection of more casual shots of The Cameronians engaged in day-to-day activity on the frontlines of WW1.

The photographic exhibition also has a display of artwork created by pupils from schools across South Lanarkshire.

The pupils worked with Hamilton based artist Allison Smith who has a personal connection to the Cameronians through her maternal grandfather who was a member of the regiment. Her mother was even born at the Cameronians Hamilton Barracks.

Allison said: “I have this very direct family connection to the regiment. But all I really knew of my grandfather was the stories handed down. He always seemed like this slightly distant military man in a tightly buttoned uniform. Because of that I was keen to get the pupils to focus on the man behind the soldier.

“We started by reading some of the personal letters from the soldiers that are held in the Cameronians Collection which helped bring them to life as real people who walked the same streets as the children do today."

Opening the exhibition, Soouth Lanarkshire Provost Ian McAllan, said: “This year we mark 100 years since the ending of the First World War but an exhibition like this helps remind us of the true cost of conflict. It underlines that the lives lost are not just statistics in the history books but real people, husbands, fathers, sons and indeed mothers and daughters.”

The photography exhibition and art installation will run at the Low Parks Museum until Sunday 18 November.

The following schools worked with Allison to create the artworks:

  • Cambuslang/ Rutherglen - Park View PS
  • Clydesdale - Lanark Grammar, Underbank PS
  • East Kilbride - St Andrew’s and St Bride’s Secondary, Chapelton PS, Canberra PS, Heathery Knowe PS
  • Hamilton - St John’s PS; St Mary’s PS; Woodside PS; Our Lady and St Anne’s PS; David Livingstone Memorial PS