First World War trench reconstructions unveiled in Glasgow

The new site at Pollok Park aims to show visitors the realities of trench warfare.

A visitor’s attraction that reconstructs First World War trenches has been unveiled at Pollok Park in Glasgow.

The new site, which opened on Sunday, will seek to give visitors an idea of the daily realities for people who experienced trench warfare during World War One.

People can explore a communication trench and dugout behind the mock-Allied front line and look through trench periscopes to see how clues were spotted as to enemy activity in No Man’s Land.

The facility will be used by schools and armed forces veterans will also provide guidance to visitors to help them understand what First World War soldiers experienced in the trenches.

The project, called Digging In, is being delivered by a partnership formed of Northlight Heritage, Glasgow City Council, the University of Glasgow and Stewart’s Melville College.

The Covenant Award, which aims encourage integration and mutual understanding between civilian and armed forces communities, funded the project to the tune of nearly £100,000, on top of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Robertson’s Trust.

The trench reconstructions will be open until November 2018.

Dr Olivia Lelong, director at Northlight Heritage, said: “Digging In is about trying to convey the enormous stresses that World War I imposed on people – both on the fighting front and at home – and how they managed to maintain their humanity in the face of that.

“With the award from the Covenant Fund, we can engage veterans with real-world experience of the stresses of conflict and address issues that are highly current as well as historical.”


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