Minorities on the Homefront: ‘Enemy Alien’ Internment in the British Empire 1914-1919

A global theme with a Scottish focus, in particular Stobs Camp near Hawick, Scottish Borders

This learning resources pack (PDF) uses primary evidence ‘to give pupils insight into people’s responses to a particularly challenging historical situation’ and explore topics such as ‘how prejudice develops in society’ and ‘how the state can (over)react in a situation of perceived danger’.

Credit: Internment Research Centre


1 Introduction

2 Curriculum for Excellence Links

3 How to use this resource

4 Classroom Learning Activities

4.1 Behind the Wire – Classroom Exhibition

Materials are provided for you to print and make a room/classroom exhibition with your learners.

4.2 Internment in Britain during the First World War – Who and Why

A set of four activities using original source material which invite learners to reflect and consider different perspectives and experiences of people in WWI.

4.3 Life in an Internment Camp during the First World War

Through a set of four activities, learners take a look at letters, poetry, photographs, reports and more to understand the lives of the men in the internment camps, in particular Stobs Camp near Hawick in the Scottish Borders.

5. Appendix – Further Information

For more information, visit the Stobs Camp website.

Within the resource, images and documents were provided by:

Hawick Museum

Ian Lowes Collection

Manx National Heritage

German Federal Archive

Professor Matthew Stibbe, Sheffield Hallam University

Whitworks Fintel Collection

Bernd Koch

The resource was authored by: Rosemary Hannay and Professor Stefan Manz (Aston University Birmingham). It was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and led by Aston University Birmingham. Partners in Scotland include Live Borders, Archaeology Scotland (Stobs Camp Project), Edinburgh Napier University and the Internment Research Centre at the Heritage Hub in Hawick.

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