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Recalling the first year of Remembrance

28 October 2009


Ninety years ago this November the nation marked the first anniversary of the end of the Great War in which 150,000 Scots had died.

On the weekend of 7 and 8 November, visitors to Edinburgh Castle will be able to meet costumed performers and find out more about life at the end of the First World War and in its immediate aftermath.

They will also be able to see original objects, paperwork, medals and memorabilia which give insights into lives of troops during the conflict.

An expert will also be present to help people doing research into ancestors who served in the First World War.

Sheena Garden, Historic Scotland interpretation manager, said: “Ninety years ago this November the country was about to mark the first anniversary of the end of World War I.

“We decided that this year’s commemorative event would look at the aftermath of the war, so one of the costumed characters will be an official involved in planning one of the thousands of war memorials that were created across the country.

“They will be able to talk to performers in the role of soldiers, including a young conscript of 1918 and a seasoned veteran who had managed to survive from the start of the conflict in 1914.

“Visitors will also be able to see period objects and have the chance to chat to an expert who can help them with genealogical research.”

The weekend is being organised by Historic Scotland to maintain awareness of the sacrifice and suffering of one of the most savage conflicts which Britain fought.

The event will be in the Great Hall from 11.00am to 3.30pm on both days and is included in the castle’s standard ticket price.

Notes for editors

  • Edinburgh Castle is in the centre of Edinburgh at the top of the Royal Mile. Telephone 0131 2259846. Visit the website at

  • Historic Scotland has 345 historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For further details visit

  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.

For further information

Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871