Want to get inspired by heroic women from WW1?

Then why not organise a trip with your unit to the new ‘John Bellany and the Scottish Women’s Hospitals’ exhibition at the Scottish Parliament, from 20 January – 16 April 2016.

During WW1, hospitals staffed entirely by female doctors, surgeons and nurses were set up in war zones across Europe – despite the suggestion initially being scoffed at by the War Office.

The exhibition shows renowned Scottish artist John Bellany’s previously unseen drawings and paintings about the wounded soldiers and the medical staff that cared for them at the hospitals.

The Parliament has laid on a series of fun activities on Saturday 19 April for groups who want to come and explore the exhibition including a detective activity, a storyteller to bring the First World War to life and a special children’s tour of the Parliament’s debating chamber with Gulliver the teddy bear. There will also be themed lunch boxes and colouring activities in the Parliament’s cafe.

And units who wish to visit on a weekday evening – for example during their weekly meeting – can contact Hayley Cole, the Parliament’s Youth Engagement Officer on hayley.cole@scottish.parliament.uk or 0131 348 5384 to arrange this.

Inspired by the exhibition? Explore the story of Girlguiding Scotland’s very own war hero, Georgiana Fyfe or visit the Glasgow archives to find out more about how our members helped the war effort, from knitting socks for soldiers at the front to collecting moss for wound dressings.

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