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News from the Glasgow & West of Scotland Branch of the Historical Association

Meetings are on the second Thursday of the month in Hillhead Library at 5.30 pm,
unless otherwise notified in the following programme for 2016-17.


Thursday 9 February 2017
“Goodnight Sweetheart”their parents’ letters El Alamein & Sheffield.
Peter and Sue Mowforth.
After their father’s death Peter and Sue Mowforth discovered all their parents’ letters – over a thousand – and were so moved that they had a printed transcript made.  The Imperial War Museum were delighted to accept a copy.  Their father commanded a tank at Alamein.  Their mother remained in Sheffield throughout the Blitz. Peter and Sue have agreed to read excerpts with a commentary.   This is the first public reading.

Thursday 9 March 2017
“Mary Barbour and the Home Front, Glasgow WW1”
Tara Beall
What happened on the Home Front when the men were away at the war?    Tara will speak about how women managed in Govan resulting in the Rent Strike led by Mary Barbour. Tara is looking into ways the local community may re-engage with their history through buildings and objects.

Thursday 13 April 2017
“A meditation on history and what remains.”
Thornton Kay, founder of SALVO, the reclamation website and directory.
The leading authority on identifying Roman brick Thornton Kay considers other artefacts and their history.

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