On Wednesday 26 October two Next of Kin project apps were made available on iTunes following the launch of a new National Strategy at the National Museum of Scotland.
With the launch of these two apps, First World War content contributed by all Next of Kin tour partners is now available to online audiences across the UK and abroad. Great War Stories across Scotland is a treasure trove of personal stories and artefacts that reveals the stories of 43 Scottish families whose lives were changed forever by the conflict.
Users are able to explore the family stories by selecting an area on the interactive map or exploring by common themes. High quality images of related artefacts can be zoomed into and rotated, and first hand accounts contained in letters and diaries can be read in transcripts.
The second app, Nurse Mellor’s Autograph Books, provides access to the digitised autograph books of Scottish nurse Florence Mellor, who worked at War Hospitals in Fife and Craiglockhart. Through the satirical sketches, poetry and messages contributed by wounded soldiers in her care, the app gives a personal insight into the lives of nurses and their patients in Scottish War Hospitals during the First World War.
Users can explore 86 pages of Nurse Mellor’s three autograph books as well as a copy of The Hydra, the hospital magazine at Craiglockhart. Like Great War Stories across Scotland, high quality images can be magnified and transcripts of handwritten text are provided.
Further information and links to download the apps can be found on the Next of Kin website here.