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About the Scottish Commemorations Panel

The Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs appointed Norman Drummond to chair the Scottish Commemorations Panel on 24 January 2013.  Panel members were appointed on 11 March 2013 and are  recommending the preferred approach for Scotland's commemorations of the forthcoming centenary of World War 1. The Chair reports regularly to Scottish Ministers.

Panel Purposes and Objectives


Scotland will commemorate the centenary of the First World War during 2014-2018 by recognising the broad impact of war on our country and the Scots.  We will co-ordinate our activity with those of the UK and beyond.  Our commemorations will encompass local, national and international dimensions and will encourage coordination and collaboration between Scottish delivery bodies.   A key outcome will be developing a lasting legacy across generations which recognises the impact of the war on families and communities.    


1.       Identify and agree key dates to be commemorated for Scotland.  Enable a broad range of Scottish bodies to deliver a programme of activities. 

2.       Enable commemorations to achieve a range of objectives that:

  • Remember the role and sacrifice of Scottish servicemen;

  • Reflect on the global impact of WW1, notably on nations in Europe and the Commonwealth; 

  • Reflect the domestic impact of WW1 in Scotland both during 1914-18 and the lasting social and civic legacy of the war.     

  • Achieve a balance of tone between remembrance and celebration and allow for a spirit of research and inquiry.  

3.       To raise awareness of the resources available to help local commemorations and family research. 

4.       Enable the public to contribute to and access our Scottish collections by making best use of existing resources, particularly digital means such as Europeana.

5.       Provide opportunities for young people to learn about the war and its resonance to contemporary life in Scotland and internationally. 

6.       Encourage people to visit Scotland to learn more about the significance of the war and its impact on Scotland. 

7.       Manage the diverse messages and moods from the activity planned for 2014.  (Commonwealth Games, Bannockburn, Ryder Cup, Second Year of Homecoming and the John Muir Centenary).