Armistice Day: Glasgow City Chambers illuminated with poppies and the names of fallen Glasgow

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A SPECTACULAR light show with film, images and audio telling the stories of Glasgowians during World War I will be shown on Glasgow City Chambers tonight from 7pm.

The Glasgow City Council event ‘Glasgow’s War’ will combine narration, images, film and audio to describe the extraordinary impact of war on ordinary people.

Referring to Glasgow’s home front during World War I, it will also recount the experiences of soldiers, doctors and nurses on the front line.

Elements of Glasgow’s very strong anti-war and peace movement, including the role of activist James Maxton, will also be explored.

The stories are tied together in a 27 minute narrative and were researched and collected with the help of Glasgow City Council archivists and museum curators from Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

They promise to reveal surprising and little-known facts about the war and the people of Glasgow.

The show was put together by projection artists Ross Ashton and sound artist Karen Monid who collaborated on the highly acclaimed Golden Jubilee sound and light show which aired on Buckingham Palace in 2002.

Lord Provost said: “This is not a dark and distant story for Glasgow. One hundred years later, we are all linked to WWI, whether through our own family history, the legacy of our local communities, or because of its long-term impact on society and the world we live in. today.

“The war forever changed Glasgow and the people of Glasgow. More than 200,000 men have gone to war from our city, 18,000 have never returned and another 35,000 have been seriously injured or disabled.

The council promises to show viewers facts and information they never knew about WWI.
The council promises to show viewers facts and information they never knew about WWI.

“The war also totally transformed the role of women in society when they took up jobs left vacant by men who went to war.

“We have to make sure that these Glasgow stories between 1914 and 1918 are captured and saved for future generations and I hope the spectacular Glasgow war setting inspires people to learn more about their own family histories.”

It’s a trip back to Glasgow for Ross and Karen who created a similar and highly successful screening show for Glasgow City Chambers – ‘Burns Illuminated’ – to mark the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth.

Ross Ashton, who holds two Guinness World Records for his work, said: “It is a great honor to be invited to return to Glasgow for such a moving and important event in the city’s history.

“Like many people, we were not aware of the profound impact World War I had on the city of Glasgow and it was a moving and humbling experience.”

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