Libraries will celebrate the role of women in World War One

Libraries in East Dunbartonshire are to get a share of £100,000 to help mark the vital role of women in World War One.

The cash is being granted to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War next year.

Local libraries will use the funds to stage an exhibition to raise awareness on the impact of the war on Scottish women and to tell stories of their war effort.

At the start of the conflict, the female role was very much a supporting one but as the war progressed, they took on many heavy and dangerous jobs including working in shell factories.

The Scottish Library and Information Council allocated the funding to seven local authorities across Scotland from 13 bids received.

Moira Methven, interim chief executive at SLIC said: “Next year will mark 100 years since the start of the First World War and there will be a programme of activity across Scotland to commemorate the conflict and reflect on the devastating impact on communities.

“The projects will help local people of all ages learn more about how their area was affected by the conflict and will ensure younger generations understand and recognise the devastating impact of the war.

“We’re funding these projects to ensure library services are able to play their part in the commemorations.

“Scotland’s library services possess a wealth of information on the First World War – on Scotland’s contribution, the experiences of our servicemen and women and the impact on our communities.

“Libraries are a great space for learning – whether reading and borrowing books and ebooks or accessing online resources – and provide a hub to bring communities together.”