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Lecture | The Home Front and Holidaymaking during the First World War; the Scottish experience

Lecture | The Home Front and Holidaymaking during the First World War; the Scottish experience

Tue, Jul. 11, 2017 6:30pm — 8:00pm

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Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series 

This talk looks at what happened to holidays and holdiaymaking in Scotland during WW1. There was in the short term a total dislocation, with resorts deserted, moors silent and hotels requisitioned. But as the war went on, holidaymakers came back in number, particularly to the safer inland and West coast resorts. There was a significant change in their clientele, however- more young women with money to spend made their rowdy presence felt. Munitions workers needed a break, and there were the older and retired who would have gone to the Continent pre-war. There were problems of transport, of food supply and of staff, but also of surprising profitability. We will range throughout Scotland from Portobello to Crieff and Ayr.

Lecturer Dr Durie has held a series of academic teaching, examination and research appointments at the Universities of Aberdeen (1971-1989), Glasgow (1989-2001) and Stirling (2001-), as lecturer and then senior lecturer. Currently teaching the history of medicine for the Open University, and the history of sport at Stirling, and supervising postgraduates for the University of the Highlands and Islands.  In recent years his primary focus has been on the history of Scottish tourism.  Scotland for the Holidays, Tourism in Scotland 1780-1939 was published in June 2003, which was followed in 2006 by a study of hydropathy, Water is Best. Most recently, he has edited Travels in Scotland 1788-1881. A Selection of Journals and Diaries, for the Scottish History Society (2012).

6:30pm drinks reception (drink included in ticket price), 7:00pm lecture commences
£9 non-members | £7 Friends
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