World War One

The First World War period (1914-1918) saw huge changes at The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) as many students and staff left to undertake war work and the institution grappled with personal losses and war time shortages. 100 years on, GSA’s Archives and Collections are undertaking research into this period, in particular focusing on the School’s Roll of Honour and its Home Front activities.

GSA’s Roll of Honour was designed and made by former GSA student Dorothy Doddrell in 1925. Taking the form of an illuminated parchment in paint and gold leaf set within a copper and wood framed triptych, this object was conserved in 2014 with support from the War Memorials Trust.

In 2015 a research project, supported by a Scottish Council on Archives and Heritage Lottery Fund Skills for the Future traineeship, sought to explore and document the stories behind the 405 names recorded on the Roll of Honour. A team of volunteers is now continuing with this research; the resulting biographies have and will continue to be made available on the Archives and Collections online catalogue: www.gsa.ac.uk/archives.

In 2016, research started into GSA students and staff who remained in Glasgow during the war and undertook Home Front activities. This work will form the basis of a new Home Front memorial  and online content.

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Remembering Bourdon Part 4: In the trenches

Fiona Hall writes about a recent discovery in the GSA Archives and Collections…

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Remembering Bourdon part 3: Bravery and Life at the Front

Fiona Hall continues with her research into Eugène Bourdon and his experience of…

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Remembering Bourdon Part 2: Captain Bourdon

In this week’s post Fiona Hall continues with the story of Eugene Bourdon…

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Remembering Bourdon: Part 1

Exactly 100 years ago today on 1 July 1916, Staff Captain Eugene Bourdon,…

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Refugee Festival Scotland!

The Refugee Festival Scotland has started! Since last week many events have been…

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John Charles Lamont and the WWI Roll of Honour – Part 3: The Friendship

Ailsa Sutcliffe, GSA Archives volunteer, continues with the final instalment of the story…

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John Charles Lamont and the WWI Roll of Honour – Part 2: Robert Sivell

Volunteer Ailsa Sutcliffe continues with her story about John Charles Lamont listed on…

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John Charles Lamont and the WWI Roll of Honour – Part 1

Ailsa Sutcliffe, one of the GSA Archives and Collections volunteers currently researching the…

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Dr Tina Gray – Part 2

Continuing our research into individuals associated with the GSA during the First World War…

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Dr Tina Gray – Part 1

Continuing our research into individuals associated with the GSA during the First World War…

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Paul Jeffay: Artist in Exile

Continuing with her research of the GSA WWI Roll of Honour, Maja Shand…

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War Memorials and GSA Student, Dorothy Doddrell

Our Mackintosh Curator Peter Trowles, looks at the work of GSA alumna Dorothy…

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The Canadian Expeditionary Forces

Our Skills for the Future Trainee, Maja Shand continues with her research into…

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The Scottish Women’s Hospitals

Our Skills for the Future Trainee, Maja, gives us an insight into women…

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Women on the Roll of Honour

Our Skills for the Future Trainee, Maja Shand, describes her first two months,…

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A New Start! An Interview with Maja Shand, Our New Trainee!

Maja joined the GSA Archives and Collections team last week as our new…

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