RCAHMS Field Survey Digital Photography A steel and concrete built gun-emplacement  guards the pier at St Kilda village (NF19NW 1). The gun and sunken magazine were   completed during October 1918 after a bombardment by a U-boat the previous May. View   f

Scotland’s role in the First World War was significant and, as we learn more about the conflict and the archaeological evidence though local and national projects and new information and resources, we hope this will help to keep the legacy alive and be a fitting commemoration for current and future generations to share. At first the War seemed like an adventure for many was an initial rush to enlist with the British Expeditionary Force. Thousands of volunteer regiments were also sent for training, many at Stobs Camp, near Hawick and subsequently sent to the front. Closer to home, hundreds of sites and structures were built for the defence of Scotland and much about these can be found on the CANMORE website.

Scanned image of view W showing excavation works during construction for gun No.1 (9.2”) at the South Sutor, Cromarty. The brick foundations for the magazine area are visible. SC910816. Copyright RCHAMS: Crown Copyright
Scanned image of view W showing excavation works during construction for gun No.1 (9.2”) at the South Sutor, Cromarty. The brick foundations for the magazine area are visible. SC910816. Copyright RCHAMS: Crown Copyright

How can I get involved?

We are leading on the Stobs Camp Project looking at the period of the First World War when Stobs Camp, just outside Hawick, was a Prisoner of War camp.  There are opportunities for both local people and those much further afield to contribute to the work of the project.

Homefront Legacy project  is looking for volunteers to help survey, research and record buildings and sites that played a role before, during and after the conflict. Archaeology Scotland have helped run and co-ordinate Homefront Legacy Training events in Invergordon, Haddington and  Hawick. This project is being coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology and you will need to register and log in to download the Online Recording Toolkit. You should talk to your local authority archaeologist about your ideas for recording as there may be help available or projects already started in your area.

Scanned image of photograph of Arrochar Royal Navy Torpedo Testing Station and Range showing pier head building including part of the pier and a small crane from NW. Titled ‘Jetty at Loch Long’. SC1064426 Copyright RCAHMS
Scanned image of photograph of Arrochar Royal Navy Torpedo Testing Station and Range showing pier head building including part of the pier and a small crane from NW. Titled ‘Jetty at Loch Long’. SC1064426 Copyright RCAHMS

What’s happening?

A wide range of organisations are involved in the commemoration. Check out Historic Environment Scotland’s  First World War website in the Learning section. Many local projects have been developed over the recently and it’s worth keeping an eye on these websites for updates on what’s happening.

RCAHMS Field Survey Digital Photography View of blockhouse on Inchkeith from NW. DP0561888 Copyright RCAHMS
RCAHMS Field Survey Digital Photography View of blockhouse on Inchkeith from NW. DP0561888 Copyright RCAHMS
RCAHMS Field Survey Digital Photography View from NW (N end of the pier) on Inchmickery showing Battery Observation Posts and First World War buildings on W side of island. DP077126 Copyright RCAHMS
RCAHMS Field Survey Digital Photography View from NW (N end of the pier) on Inchmickery showing Battery Observation Posts and First World War buildings on W side of island. DP077126 Copyright RCAHMS