Monday, 5 August 2013

St Andrews during the Great War - Preparing the Collection


Yesterday marked one year before the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War. In preparation of our own exhibition on St Andrews during the Great War next summer, I have been preparing objects in the collection that could be displayed. Today, I came across this photo-postcard of the children of St Andrews on parade during Sir Douglas Haig’s visit to the Town in 1919.
 
In 1916 Haig was elected rector at the University of St Andrews whilst Commander-In-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force. He unveiled the war memorial, a stones-throw away from the Museum, in September 1922.

As well as the postcard, British Pathe have this silent film of the parade.

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