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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.”


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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.  


Further Information and details about the event from


Ann Galliard 013689701202


Eleanor McKay Information and Local Studies Librarian

Argyll and Bute Library Service

Library Headquarters



PA23 8PB

Tel 01369 708663



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