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World War I 100th anniversary

Date: 1st Aug 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: Various

Cost:Free

Series of local events and commemorations.

As 2014 marks 100 years since the start of the 'Great War' or World War One (WWI). We have compiled a list of commemorative events happening across our region.

First World War in Selkirk

Do you have any memories and mementoes from World War I that you would like to see on display as part of an exhibition at Halliwell’s House Museum in Selkirk? 

The exhibition

  • Our museums team is holding an exhibition on the Great War and they are looking to borrow any objects, images or clothing related to the years between 1914-18. 
  • The exhibition will run for nine weeks from Saturday 30 August until Friday 31 October in the Robson Gallery. 
    To find out more, contact the team on 01750 20096 or visit their offices in the Municipal Buildings, High Street, Selkirk.

Jedburgh and the World War I exhibition

  • Jedburgh Castle Jail is currently hosting an exhibition looking at the local men who served in World War I and the impact on their lives.
  • Being held within the Bob Mason Room, it includes photographs kindly supplied by the Jedforest Historical Society, such as a picture of volunteers leaving Jedburgh Station in 1914 to go to serve in the War.
  • The exhibition runs until 2 November (opening hours, Monday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm; Sunday  1pm to 4pm) and admission is free.  The Bob Mason Room is on the first floor, and is without wheelchair access.

Borders towns remember Great War

A series of other exhibitions are being held to mark the start of World War I exactly 100 years ago.

Innerleithen

From 1 August until 31 October, St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre hosts a look at how the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 impacted on Innerleithen.

Coldstream

At Coldstream Museum, the World War I Experience is held from 2 August until 14 September, highlighting how the war affected townsfolk and their neighbouring villages.

Duns

At Duns Library Contact Centre, from Saturday 4th October until Saturday 15th November shows how World War I affected the townspeople of Duns.

WWI mobile recruitment drive in Galashiels, image courtesy Old Gala ClubGalashiels

  • From 23 August until 31 October, Old Gala House will host a World War I exhibition including audio visuals and artefacts from the Old Gala Club collection.
  • There will also be a series of formal education activities and associated talks.

Further details are available by phoning 01750 20096. 

Happening Today, 22nd September 2014

52 Journeys

Date: 23rd Aug 14 - 4th Oct 14

Location: Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Chambers Institution, High Street, Peebles

Cost: Free

In 2012 Frieda set herself the challenge to make one small journal quilt each week, inspired by what came her way during that time, be it a thought, a photograph or an event.

This exhibition shows the results.

Tweeddale Museum and Gallery - Museum Room

Further information

For opening times and contact details visit Tweeddale Museum and Gallery webpage.

 

 

A Celebration of Scotland's Heritage, History and Culture - Scottish Felters

Date: 7th Sep 14 - 31st Jan 15

Location: Borders Textile Towerhouse, 1 Tower Knowe, Hawick

Cost: Free

Unique, hand-crafted felt panels illustrating aspects of Scotland.

Previously on display at the Scottish Parliament and now gaining world-wide recognition, this self-funded initiative was completed over two years by members of Scottish Felters.

For further information including opening times and contact details visit Borders Textile Towerhouse website.

Award to honour new Borders businesses

Date: 12th Aug 14 - 3rd Oct 14

Location: Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells

Cost: n/a

We are looking for nominations for the start-up/new business of the year business excellence award for 2014.

We are pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the start-up/new business of the year business excellence award for 2014, which will celebrate new Scottish Borders businesses that can demonstrate entrepreneurial flair and a clear vision for achieving future success.  This award will be presented as part of the Scottish Borders Business Week, which is taking place between Monday 29th September and Friday 3rd October at venues throughout the region.

Nominations are invited from any business or enterprise based in the Scottish Borders, which has commenced trading since 1st October 2011. The closing date for applications is Thursday 18th September. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday 3rd October at Council Headquarters in Newtown St Boswells.

Nominations can be made by completing the nomination form  and following the instructions to email.

Alternatively, complete and send the form to:

Stuart Kinross,
Economic Development,
Chief Executive’s Department,
Council Headquarters,
Newtown St Boswells, TD6 0SA

If you have any further questions, please contact our Economic Development team online.

Before the Fall

Date: 30th Aug 14 - 2nd Oct 14

Location: Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Cost: Free. Work available to purchase.

An exhibition of unique knitted pieces from Frances Teckkam.

Inspired by the seasons and natural surroundings of the Scottish Borders, Frances Teckkam's work is a contemporary Western take on traditional Eastern ceremonial robes. She makes her pieces on domestic hand-knitting frames using the classic woollen yarns of the local textile industry.

Visit our Harestanes information page for details of visitor centre opening times and to download the Harestanes 2014 events brochure.

Electric Vehicle Roadshow

Date: 22nd Sep 14

Location: various

Time: 10:00 - 15:00

Cost: free

Businesses and members of the public, come and speak to Council staff and vehicle manufacturers at one of the five roadshow events.

Find out about the Borders expanding network of electric vehicle rapid charging points, which now stands at five - in Coldstream, Eyemouth, Hawick, Newtown St Boswells and Peebles.

There will also be information provided on topics such as what types of electric vehicles are available, leasing these vehicles and insurance.

Test drive a selection of electric vehicles from:

  • BMW
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Renault
  • Vauxhall

A full driving licence is required and a member of staff will accompany you.

As well as the obvious environmental benefits, electric vehicles can save money, with fuel costs of three to four pence per mile compared to 10 pence per mile for the average family car.

The roadshow will run from 10am to 3pm each day on the following dates and venues:

Electric Vehicle Roadshow - Peebles

Date: 22nd Sep 14

Location: Edinburgh Road car park, Peebles

Time: 10:00 - 15:00

Cost: free

Businesses and members of the public, come and speak to Council staff and vehicle manufacturers at our Peebles roadshow event.

Information and advice on electric vehicles, charging and the potential benefits and savings you could make by switching.

Test drive a selection of electric vehicles from:

  • BMW
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Renault
  • Vauxhall

A full driving licence is required and a member of staff will accompany you.

First World War in Galashiels

Date: 23rd Aug 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels

Cost: Free

An exhibition and interpretation programme commemorating the centenary of the Great War which started in July 1914.

This exhibition includes audio visuals and interpretation showcasing artifacts from the Old Gala Club collection. There will be a series of formal education activities and associated talks. Further details are available by telephoning 01750 20096.

Old Gala House - Christopher Boyd Gallery

For further information including opening times and contact details visit Old Gala House webpage.

First World War in Selkirk

Date: 30th Aug 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: Halliwell's House Museum, Market Place, Selkirk

Time: 11:00 - 16:00

Cost: Free

An exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the Great War which started in July 1914.

About the exhibition

  • This exhibition includes audio visuals and interpretation presenting artifacts from the Selkirk Museum collections and the local Selkirk Antiquarians.
  • Items relating to individual soldiers who went to war in 1914 will be on display and will focus on events leading up to the Great War, how local Selkirk people responded to this significant historical event and the impact of the Great War on the townspeople. 
  • Halliwell's House Museum - Robson Gallery
  • For further information including opening time and contact details visit Halliwell's House Museum webpage.

Generation

Date: 6th Sep 14 - 25th Oct 14

Location: Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Chambers Institution, High Street, Peebles

Cost: Free

Coinciding with Glasgow’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games a once-in-a-generation opportunity to celebrate some of Scotland’s best contemporary art from the past 25 years.

About the exhibition

This ambitious project is the first ever to be held by one single country and will take place in over 50 galleries across the Nation from Orkney to the Scottish Borders, reinforcing Scotland’s position as an international centre for the visual arts. A particular focus will be to inspire young people to become the artists and audiences of the future.

About the artist

Toby Paterson, born Glasgow 1974, is the Associate artist selected to exhibit in  Peebles. His work, through painting, relief and sculptural intervention, deals with urban environments and modernist traditions in architecture and design. Internationally renowned, he has had numerous public commissions and exhibitions stretching across the globe from Warsaw to The Hague and San Francisco.

GENERATION has been developed as a partnership between the National Galleries of Scotland and Glasgow Life, supported by Creative Scotland.

Tweeddale Museum and Gallery - The Gallery

For further information including opening times and contact details visit Tweeddale Museum and Gallery webpage.

 

Gentle exercise for older people of all abilities

Date: 5th Aug 13 - 4th Aug 15

Every week

Location: Union Club, 9 Peebles Rd, Innerleithen EH44 6QX

Time: 14:00 - 15:00

Cost: £2.00

A gentle exercise class to music with time for tea and a chat afterwards.

Delivered by a qualified FitBorders instructor, the classes are suitable for all abilities as exercises can be done seated or standing. No need to book, just come along.

How will you benefit?

  • strengthen and tone your whole body
  • increase flexibility and balance
  • improve your posture and mobility
  • have fun and meet other people

Refreshments are available after the class, so stay around and have a chat. 

Other classes

There is also a class in Jedburgh on Wednesdays.

Further information

The classes are delivered as part of our Community Capacity Building project which aims to support older people to take a more active part in their community. Read more about how they can help with community involvement for older people.

For more information contact community capacity team or phone Emily Cressey on 01835 825080.

History of Peebleshire

Date: 6th Jan 14 - 20th Dec 14

Location: Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Chambers Institution, High Street, Peebles

Time: 10:30 - 16:00

Cost: Free

The story of this historic burgh and county told through objects and images set against a background of the historic Alexander Frieze.

Tweeddale Museum and Gallery - Chambers Room

Further information

For including opening times and contact details visit Tweeddale Museum and Gallery webpage.

Innerleithen and the Great War

Date: 1st Aug 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: St Ronan's Wells Visitor Centre, Wells Brae, Innerleithen

Cost: Free

A look at the town of Innerleithen in 1914 and how the outbreak of war in 1914 impacted on a close knit community.

More information

For opening hours please contact St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre.

Jedburgh and the First World War

Date: 14th Jun 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum, Castlegate, Jedburgh

Cost: Free

The impact of the First World War on Jedburgh is explored through objects and photographs.

Many of these associated with those who served, and in some cases lost their lives, in the Great War.

Jedburgh and the World War I exhibition

Being held within the Bob Mason Room, it includes photographs kindly supplied by the Jedforest Historical Society, such as a picture of volunteers leaving Jedburgh Station in 1914 to go to serve in the War.

What you can see at the event

  • Reproductions of recruitment posters show the pressure on men to volunteer before conscription was introduced in 1916. 
  • Life at the front line is illustrated through objects, many of which are on loan from the Jedburgh branch of the Royal British Legion.  These include brass shell ends made into containers by soldiers in the trenches, a soldier’s water bottle and an officer’s knife and fork, as well as postcards sent to loved ones at home.
  • There is also a uniform and other memorabilia which belonged to local man Andrew Cairncross.  He survived the War, but sadly many did not, including Thomas Turnbull, who was killed in action in 1918.
  • Once the War finally ended, Jedburgh celebrated with a Victory Parade and a Peace Picnic, which are captured in photographs from the time.
    The exhibition ends with images of the town’s war memorial being unveiled in 1921 to commemorate the sacrifice made by so many local men.

The exhibition

  • The exhibition runs until 2 November (opening hours, Monday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm; Sunday  1pm to 4pm) and admission is free. 
  • The Bob Mason Room is on the first floor, and is without wheelchair access.
  • For further information including opening times and contact details visit Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum website.

 

Kelso Underground

Date: 26th Jun 14 - 6th Nov 14

Location: Kelso Library Contact Centre, Bowmont Street, Kelso

Cost: Free

Archaeological finds excavated in Kelso since the 1970s providing a glimpse at the rich history beneath the streets of the town.

Further information

For opening times contact Kelso Library Contact Centre.

Larger than Life

Date: 20th Sep 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: Coldstream Museum, 12 Market Square, Coldstream

Cost: Free

A fun look at the natural life of the shoreline around the Coldingham Bay and St Abbs area.

A visual feast, engaging visitors of all ages, including:

  • giant models
  • colourful creatures
  • photograph

Find out more

For further information including opening times and contact details visit Coldstream Museum website.

 

Shepherding the Tweed

Date: 30th Aug 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: St Ronan's Wells Visitor Centre

Cost: Free

The story of the cloth that made the Borders famous from the sheep and shepherds on the hills to the factories that exported it across the world.

More information

For further information including opening hours please contact St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre.

Shepherding the Tweed

Date: 1st Aug 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: St Ronan's Wells Visitor Centre, Wells Brae, Innerleithen

Cost: Free

The story of the cloth that made the Borders famous from the sheep and shepherds on the hills to the factories that exported it across the world.

Find out more

For more information including opening hours please contact St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre.

Smorgasborders II

Date: 9th Aug 14 - 28th Sep 14

Location: Hawick Museum, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick

Cost: Free

Anthony Cawthorne, Tom Davidson, Lida Hatrick, Geof Hickey, Brunton Hunter, Anna King, Colin Philip, Mooie Scott and Rob Sutherland.

Invited artists present a veritable feast in this second mixed media show of art and craft from the Scottish Borders.

For further information including opening times and contact details visit Hawick Museum website.

The 80’s are back!

Date: 16th Aug 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: Old Gala House, Scott Crescent, Galashiels

Cost: Free

Sparked by a combination of nostalgia, curiosity and the thrill of the taboo, the 80s revival just keeps getting bigger as a new generation looks to the decade for inspiration.

But what were the 80s really like? Were they just one big party and an awful lot of big hair? Or was there a lot more going on? This exhibition takes you back to the music, the fashion, the parties, the politics and the people.

Old Gala House - Museum Room

For further information including opening times and contact details visit Old Gala House webpage.

The First World War

Date: 20th Sep 14 - 2nd Nov 14

Location: Hawick Museum, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick

Cost: Free

An exhibition exploring the Great War of 1914-1918 with real objects from the war, and illustrated storyboards.

For further information including opening time and contact details visit Hawick Museum website.

World War I 100th anniversary

Date: 1st Aug 14 - 31st Oct 14

Location: Various

Cost: Free

Series of local events and commemorations.

As 2014 marks 100 years since the start of the 'Great War' or World War One (WWI). We have compiled a list of commemorative events happening across our region.

First World War in Selkirk

Do you have any memories and mementoes from World War I that you would like to see on display as part of an exhibition at Halliwell’s House Museum in Selkirk? 

The exhibition

  • Our museums team is holding an exhibition on the Great War and they are looking to borrow any objects, images or clothing related to the years between 1914-18. 
  • The exhibition will run for nine weeks from Saturday 30 August until Friday 31 October in the Robson Gallery. 
    To find out more, contact the team on 01750 20096 or visit their offices in the Municipal Buildings, High Street, Selkirk.

Jedburgh and the World War I exhibition

  • Jedburgh Castle Jail is currently hosting an exhibition looking at the local men who served in World War I and the impact on their lives.
  • Being held within the Bob Mason Room, it includes photographs kindly supplied by the Jedforest Historical Society, such as a picture of volunteers leaving Jedburgh Station in 1914 to go to serve in the War.
  • The exhibition runs until 2 November (opening hours, Monday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm; Sunday  1pm to 4pm) and admission is free.  The Bob Mason Room is on the first floor, and is without wheelchair access.

Borders towns remember Great War

A series of other exhibitions are being held to mark the start of World War I exactly 100 years ago.

Innerleithen

From 1 August until 31 October, St Ronan’s Wells Visitor Centre hosts a look at how the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 impacted on Innerleithen.

Coldstream

At Coldstream Museum, the World War I Experience is held from 2 August until 14 September, highlighting how the war affected townsfolk and their neighbouring villages.

Duns

At Duns Library Contact Centre, from Saturday 4th October until Saturday 15th November shows how World War I affected the townspeople of Duns.

WWI mobile recruitment drive in Galashiels, image courtesy Old Gala ClubGalashiels

  • From 23 August until 31 October, Old Gala House will host a World War I exhibition including audio visuals and artefacts from the Old Gala Club collection.
  • There will also be a series of formal education activities and associated talks.

Further details are available by phoning 01750 20096. 

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