'1915: the search for solutions'
The Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling, Professor Gerry McCormac, and the Provost of Stirling, Mike Robbins, are pleased to invite you to join them for a lecture by Professor Sir Hew Strachan. Sir Hew, of the University of St Andrews and formerly Chichele Professor of the History of War at the University of Oxford, is one of the leading military historians worldwide and a renowned expert on the history of the First World War. He sits on a number of commemorations panels and commissions in Scotland, the United Kingdom and internationally.
Sir Hew’s lecture will mark the beginning of the official Scottish commemorations of the battle of Gallipoli that will take place in Stirling from 4 June to 7 June and will coincide with the opening of a small exhibition in the Pathfoot building and a display of commemorative poppies. Ms Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, will be present to officially open the commemoration events in Stirling.
Gallipoli, perhaps more directly than any other campaign of the First World War, was a clash of empires. It provided a specific focus for all the original belligerents of 1914 as they debated and reviewed their strategies for 1915. This lecture will focus not so much on the events in the Dardanelles themselves, but rather on how they fitted into a global war and why the six empires saw it as potentially decisive to the war's outcome.
The Poppies Project
Prior to the lecture, audience members are invited to view a commemorative display of poppies which has been created by Stirling schoolchildren to resemble the 2014 Tower of London display: Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red." The poppies have been made from recycled plastic bottles by children from Wallace High School, Bannockburn High School, St Modans High School, Killearn Primary School, Balfron Primary School, and Doune Primary School, working in association with Forth Valley College.
The field of poppies will be installed on the lawn outside the front of the Pathfoot building on Wednesday 3 June and will be available to view until Sunday 14 June.
Opening of the exhibition ‘Gallipoli – 100 Years on’
This small exhibition explores the impact of the First World War as a global war on Scotland and Stirling. Images, pictures, diaries, a uniform and equipment from some of the Scottish regiments who fought at Stirling will be on display.
This event is free of charge and open to staff, students and the public. Places may be limited for this special event, so we ask that you RSVP to reserve a place via the on-line shop