Glasgow lighting project
The 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War was commemorated with a spectacular lighting project. The Museum Service was proud to be involved. Photographs, film, and archival material from a variety of sources were used. Glasgow’s wartime story was projected onto the iconic City Chambers at George Square on November 11 2014. It was accompanied by music, sound and readings of contemporary accounts of Glaswegians at war.
The project explored Glaswegians' war effort contributions, at home and abroad, and the War's impact on Glasgow and its people.
The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) had strong ties to the City of Glasgow. In 1914, the 1st Battalion were stationed in Glasgow’s Maryhill Barracks. Three territorial battalions of The Cameronians were based in Glasgow, and recruited almost exclusively from the city.
Artists created the light show using material from The Cameronians regimental collection, held by South Lanarkshire’s Museums Services. Much of this material was made available through in-house digitisation and transcription projects. These have brought to light some of the treasures we hold.
You can watch the recorded show on the STV Glasgow website: https://www.firstworldwarglasgow.co.uk/index.aspx?articleid=14345