Stories live on when the people are gone

North Lanarkshire's War exhibition at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre (l-r) Colleen Cairney (volunteer), Michael Allan (curator), Frances Braceland (learning access officer) and John Andrews (exhibition technician).
North Lanarkshire's War exhibition at North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre (l-r) Colleen Cairney (volunteer), Michael Allan (curator), Frances Braceland (learning access officer) and John Andrews (exhibition technician).

The curator of the North Lanarkshire’s War exhibition says it is important that the events of the First World War are never forgotten.

Until Saturday, November 7, North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre is telling the story of those who experienced the conflict, both on the home front and in the trenches.

Michael Allan said: “We aren’t just highlighting Lanarkshire’s connections with the First Workld, but also its place in the world at the time, looking at individual stories as well as the bigger picture.

“I think the conflict has now become a little overshadowed by the Second World War and obviously there isn’t anyone left who fought in it so it is in danger of being slightly forgotten.

“I remember my dad in Wishaw saying how his neighbour had been in the First World War and I think it‘s important we revisit important events from our past as even when the people who experienced them are gone their stories live on.

“A lot was done last year to commemorate it being 100 years since the outbreak of the war, however I think it is important during all four of these centenary years we do what we can to keep the flame of interest alive.

“Perhaps we can inspire people to do their own family research and find out about relatives who experienced World War One, but they may never have met.”

A programme of events and weekly film screenings of classic and not so well known First World War films, including Oh! What A Lovely War and J’Accuse, accompany the exhibition with a First World War family open day being held on Saturday, October 31, from 11am-4.30pm.