Low Parks Museum combined their role-play workshops with creative outreach sessions exploring the Gallipoli campaign.
In addition to Next of Kin, Low Parks Museum have taken part in the Gallipoli 100 Education Project, an international HLF initiative to engage young people in education with the personal experiences and events of this controversial campaign on the Turkish coast. Following immersive role-play activities looking at recruitment and training at the museum, outreach workshops with an Arts tutor were arranged to take place in each participating South Lanarkshire school.
Using original comics in the Next of Kin handling resource as inspiration, groups were asked to create a comic strip adventure based The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) and the Lanarkshire Yeomanry experiences of the Gallipoli campaign. Before and long after the war, comics were a key source of entertainment for children and so their one-sided interpretations of the conflict were hugely influential. The examples in the handling collection typify the portrayal of brave and honourable British Forces against a cowardly and dishonest Germany.
Low Parks Museum provided additional source material, including rare photographs, many of which have never been on public display, featuring The Cameronians shortly before, during and after Gallipoli. The end comic strip creations covered the full breadth of the campaign, from recruitment and training right through to after the evacuation of the peninsula.
By researching original source material and encouraging creative interpretation, pupils have been given in insight into the hardship and emotional separation of the campaign:
“I learned how hard it must have been leaving your family and friends. A lot of people died because of disease.” (Pupil from Our Lady and St Anne’s Primary School, South Lanarkshire)