Human stories from front line
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 some which have never been on public display before.
In addition to posed photographs taken by official photographers, the exhibition includes shots of day-to-day activity on the front line.
The exhibition also has artworks created by pupils from schools across South Lanarkshire.
They worked with Hamilton artist Allison Smith, who has a personal connection to the Cameronians through her grandfather.
Allison said:“all I really knew of my grandfather was the stories handed down and 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 and that helped bring them to life as real people who walked the same streets that the children know today.”
Provost Ian Mcallan said:“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 people’s husbands, fathers, sons and indeed mothers and daughters.”
Schools that took part were St John’s, St Mary’s, Woodside, Our Lady and St Anne’s (Hamilton); David Livingstone Memorial Primary (Blantyre); Lanark Grammar and Underbank Primary (Clydesdale).
The exhibition will run at Low Parks until Sunday, November 18.
Exhibition Allison Smith