Major exhibition to open on Aberdeen’s Great War
March 24, 2014
Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums will mark the anniversary of the commencement of the First World War with a major exhibition.
Aberdeen’s War will open to the public on Saturday 22 March at Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill.
Drawings on the city’s rich collections, the exhibition will explore the different aspects of Aberdeen’s involvement with the Great War, one of the most important events of the 20th century.
One poignant reminder of the human impact of the war is a letter from Aberdonian George Rennie to his mother, dated 15 May 1916. George, of Esslemont Avenue, joined the Royal Navy and was present at the Battle of Jutland. The letter was the last he wrote home to his mother before he died in action at the Battle of Jutland, fought on 31 May and 01 June 1916. He signs the letter off by asking his mother to tell Violet he will be home in a month’s time.