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Ann Galliard

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £10,000 to help fund an event to be held in the Burgh Hall in Dunoon from 2nd to 8th October 2017.

Sandbank Community Development Trust has received the award to mark the Centenary of the First World War, and the project will enable local people in Cowal to come together to preserve the  memories and heritage of the people who lived through the First World War.  Support has been given by the Argyll & Bute Council Centennial Commemoration Steering Group led by the Lord Lieutenant Patrick Stewart.

Working in partnership with the Culture and Library Service of Argyll & Bute Council  we have planned a free Exhibition featuring The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, the Argyll Mountain Battery, Women at War, and other contributions made by Cowal people to the war effort. The Museum of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders will contribute to the exhibition which will have contemporary items on show. While military matters will be strongly featured, it will not be “all blood and bullets” and the effect on the everyday life of the population will be demonstrated. There will be contributions from young people, art and music groups and other local organisations.   Research material will be available to the public and the week leads up to a special conference.

Speakers of national renown have confirmed agreement to take part in the two day conference. These include Sir Hew Strachan, WW1 authors Trevor Royle and Colin Campbell, Professor Tony Pollard and others. In addition there will be evening entertainment including contemporary music and a specially commissioned play for delegates and the public.

An important part of the project is the creation of a lasting record and resource which will be freely available to everyone and will include the results of original research. Anyone with family memorabilia is encouraged to contribute to the project, with copies of photographs, documents or family stories which will help build a picture of what life was like 100 years ago.

Commenting on the award, Ann Galliard said “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable the event to take place and to provide a lasting resource for people to understand and have pride in the part their community played in the Great War. The venue for the event is especially fitting, as the Burgh Hall (which has just been extensively renovated) was used for troop entertainment and fund raising during the war.”

The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £15 million in projects – large and small - that are marking this global Centenary; with a small grants programme, which enables even more communities like those involved in Cowal, A Call to Arms to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”


Notes for Editors


About the Heritage Lottery Fund


Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. www.hlf.org.uk  


Further Information and details about the event from


Ann Galliard 013689701202  anngalliard@btinternet.com


Eleanor McKay Information and Local Studies Librarian  Eleanor.McKay@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Argyll and Bute Library Service

Library Headquarters



PA23 8PB

Tel 01369 708663



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Ann Galliard

Conference details now confirmed -


Friday 6th October



Conference Hall Open 12.30

Coffee/Tea on arrival








Opening address







1.30 – 2.30

Three Great War Scotsmen

Haldane, Hamilton and Haig.



Sir Hew Strachan




2.35 – 3.30

The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders  in Palestine



Colonel A. K. Miller




3.30 –3.50 Refreshments




3.50 – 4.45

Bedford Camp and The Argylls



Richard Galley



5.30 Dinner


Please note hall must be cleared by 6.30


7.30 – 9.00

WW1 Concert


Pipe Band,

Choral Club

& young performers

Music etc from the Great War


Saturday 7th October


10.00 – 11.00

The 51st Division



Colin Campbell


11.00 – 11.30 Refreshments




11.30 – 12.30

Trowels in the Trenches: The Archaeology of the Western Front



Professor Tony Pollard


12.30 – 2.30 Lunch


Optional discussion/workshop  sessions


2.30 – 3.30

A Call to Yarns!



Joyce Meader


3.30 – 3.50 Refreshments




3.50 – 4.50

The Argylls in the Great War

4.50 – Closing remarks



Trevor Royle


7.30 – 9.00


Play – Home Fires, Broken Sons

(also matinee performance)


The Three Wee Crows Theatre Company


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This sounds like being a great event.  I have sent Eleanor photos and family information about my grandfather, Harry Macnab from Rothesay, who served as Company Sergeant Major with the 5th Argylls in Egypt, Palestine, Flanders, France and Germany.  I hope the event attracts interest to match the quality of the speakers and to honour the men who served.

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Karl Erik Cruden Nygard

So sorry I have missed this event by a year.  I have just started to research from USA of my Grandfather's WWI records and came upon this post.  Robert Cruden Rodger was from Largs and was a member of the Bute Mountain Battery, RGA regiment 2214.  I would have enjoyed the events.  Any chance there are any digital publications from the event?

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