Published: 15/07/2017 09:30 - Updated: 15/07/2017 09:50

Invergordon's wartime role in the frame as fascinating new booklet launched

 

A number of Nissen huts were built for a variety of purposes and some survive until today. Picture courtesy of Invergordon Museum.
A number of Nissen huts were built for a variety of purposes and some survive until today. Picture courtesy of Invergordon Museum.

A FASCINATING labour of love booklet throwing the spotlight on the transformational impact of both world wars on the Easter Ross port town of Invergordon will be launched this weekend.

 

Wartime Invergordon: A Town Transformed will be unveiled at Invergordon Museum on Saturday at an open day running from 2-5pm.

Last year the museum published a leaflet on the remains of WWI in Invergordon, written and researched by a large number of interested people who took part in investigative research into how the town was changed by the conflict.

It proved so successful that the group agreed to continue their investigations by researching the effects of WWII as well – acquiring so much information in the process that it was agreed to publish a booklet this time.

It’s packed with photographs and maps of the town during both major conflicts along with a large amount of information showing how various buildings were used as well as the personnel, nationalities and services involved in the community at those times.

It reveals how Invergordon played a crucial role in both world wars with the small town transformed by an influx of military personnel.

Sessions hosted by Invergordon Museum and led by Susan Kruse of Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (Arch) were supported with funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund, Invergordon Community Council and a private donor. Some 50 people attended sessions exploring memories, aerial photographs and archive information.

The booklet is dedicated to the late John Campbell-Smith, a regular volunteer at Invergordon Museum who helped design the project and collect memories and played a leading role in the production of the first leaflet.

It’s also dedicated to Donald Clark, another long-standing volunteer who has given 14 years to the caretaking of the museum. “His smiling face, affable personality and willing hands are greatly appreciated and have ensured the continuation of the museum”, the dedication states.

Thanks to the enthusiasm with which it was met and the number of people who came forward, the project has also spawned a heritage group in Invergordon Museum.

Members of the public are invited to the new wartime exhibition which coincides with the launch of the booklet on Saturday afternoon at the museum.   

More pictures inside this week's paper.

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