KOSB Museum applies for lottery funding

The Kings Own Scottish Borderers Association has applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund for help in pulling together plans for an exhibition.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 14 April, 2017, 07:08
Berwick Barracks.

The association hopes to hold the exhibition at the KOSB Museum, in Berwick Barracks, in 2018.

It is envisaged the exhibition, called Aftermath – how the war affected returning servicemen and their families – would also tour military museums, libraries and other venues across the north of England and Scotland.

A KOSB spokesman said: “The aim of the project is to illustrate the difficulties that returning servicemen and their families had when they came back from the war.

“Some of the servicemen were wounded and some had lost limbs in the conflict; with others damaged or affected both physically and mentally, so the difficulties that they – and their families – experienced when trying to find work, housing and education for their children needs to be recognised and not forgotten.

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“The involvement of the regimental association with all the returning servicemen, the requests that were made for assistance, help and support are documented within the archives of the association and would be of considerable interest if made known and exhibited.

“Many of the men who returned after the war still have relatives in the Borders and north of England so this exhibition would be of particular interest to them.”

The bid received the warm support of Berwick Town Council on Monday night.

Interim town clerk Gareth Davies said: “Bearing in mind the relationship of Berwick to the KOSB and Berwick’s proud tradition as a garrison town, the council believes the proposed exhibition has great potential to make a lasting difference to the people of the town, many who have familial relationships with the KOSB and the community which is justly proud of its long association with the army.”