Next of Kin exhibition at Rozelle House

Next of Kin Touring Project

On 4 July 2015 the Next of Kin: Scottish Families and the Great War touring exhibition was opened by Councillor Bill Grant at Rozelle House in Ayr. The Next of Kin display includes the core touring family stories, taken from National Museums Scotland collections, alongside objects relating to the  experiences of two families from the local area. In addition, Rozelle House have several other galleries displaying related First World War material until the exhibition moves to its next venue in September.

Photograph of James McMath in the uniform of the Highland Light Infantry. Photograph of James McMath in the uniform of the Highland Light Infantry.

One of the Next of Kin family stories relates to Ayrshire born Thomas McMath, who was wounded and taken prisoner at the Battle of Arras. While in captivity at prisoner of war (POW) camps in the German state of Thuringia, he received parcels and supplies from home. He kept meticulous notes of each package and donor in a notebook that is on display. Visitors can…

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