Lest We Forget: WW1 Refugees Then and Now

Lest We Forget: WWI - Refugees Then and Now

This project finished in 2016. Find out what impact it had here.

Scottish Refugee Council’s arts and heritage project ‘Lest We Forget: First World War – Refugees Then and Now’ brought together new and established Scots as Heritage Researchers to discover and document the arrival, reception and experiences of Belgian refugees in Scotland during the First World War from 1914 – 1918.

As well as uncovering the past, our Heritage Researchers captured their own experiences and understanding of integration today, with a view to shaping that of future 'New Scots'.

Watch the documentary

‘Lest We Forget: First World War – Refugees Then & Now’ documentary is now available to watch online. 

20mins | Suitable 12 years + | 2016 | Directed by Lou McLoughlan |Commissioned by Scottish Refugee Council

(WATCH the trailer)

Lest We Forget Leaflet

Take a look at our Lest We Forget leaflet to learn more about the project. 

Discover refugees in Scotland over the last 100 hundred years. 

The Lest We Forget group's heritage learning was brought together in a special exhibition presented during Refugee Festival Scotland from Tuesday 14 – Sunday 26 June 2016 at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, alongside the premiere screening of our documentary film  that took place on Tuesday 14 June 2016.

Host the exhibition

‘Lest We Forget: First World War – Refugees Then & Now’ exhibition of archive and contemporary materials, photographs, objects and visual art work discovering the experiences of refugees then and now is available to tour. 

Exhibition images

Heritage Lottery Fund