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Dr Natasha Danilova hosts a talk about her research on Thursday 3 November.
Who has created the first Scottish remembrance poppy and why? What is the role of women and, specifically, Lady Haig, in setting up support for Scottish disabled veterans and their families in the aftermath of WWI? Who is Lady Haig, anyway?
This talk tells a story of a passionate and caring woman who put her heart and soul in creating new employment opportunities for disabled veterans in Scotland. But it also a story of an upper-class, patriotic woman, a wife of Field Marshall Douglas Haig, a commander of the British Forces during WWI, whose exceptional position proved to be not enough to overcome gender stereotypes and prejudice resulting from the male-dominated environment and culture of remembrance, and whose life-time work was for a long time written off from the pages of Scottish post-WWI history.
This talk draws on over five years of archival and empirical research supported by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. It brings forth findings from previously unknown archival personal records, held at the National Library of Scotland, conversations with Lady Haig’s family members, visits to the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in Edinburgh as well as interactions with members of the Royal British Legion Scotland.
Thursday: November 3rd, 3:30 -4:30pm.
Where: Stonehaven Local Library
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- Dr Natasha Danilova
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