Glasgow University Archive Services

Glasgow University Archive Services is a unique learning and corporate heritage resource that is an inspiration for all. We hold the records that document the history of the University and its management, staff and students from its foundation in 1451 to the present day.

We also have one of the largest collections of historical business records in Europe and it includes much of the archive of Scottish industries such as banking, retail, distilling and shipbuilding.

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Opening hours

Searchroom Opening Hours:

Monday 13.30 – 17.00
Tuesday 09.30 – 17.00
Wednesday 09.30 – 17.00
Thursday 09.30 – 20.00
Friday 09.30 – 17.00

It is strongly recommended that readers make an appointment in advance before visiting our Public Searchroom as it may be closed for classes, meetings or local public holidays.

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Paper stamp of Union flag with 'business as usual' written in the centre, from Dallas's Ltd Glasgow-based department store advertising that they were open for 'business as usual' during WWI

BUSINESS AS USUAL?: Institutional Impact in the First World War

  • 2 March 2016 9am-5pm

Wednesday, 2 March 2016 in the Senate Room, University of Glasgow. All welcome.

This day conference brings together researchers from a variety of disciplines to examine the role of institutional involvement in an individual’s experience of the First World War. We seek to understand how overarching corporate entities with localised institutional identities impacted participation in the First World War and how the war changed or redefined these discrete communities.


09.00-09.15 Registration and tea

09.15-09.30 Welcome by Tony Pollard

09.30-11.05 4 papers and 15 minutes for combined questions [Communities/Schools Session]
• Deborah Butcher (University of Glasgow) Red, White, Blue and Orange: the impact of the First World War upon Orangewomen’s political and charitable activity and their institutional role
• Burcin Cakir (Glasgow Caledonian University) Mobilization and Paramilitary Organisations in the Ottoman Army: the Youth League of 1916
• Sean Brady (Trinity College Dublin) Mobilising Il Pennisi: A Sicilian Secondary School in the Era of the Great War, 1914-1922
• David Clarke (Stewart’s Melville College) Daniel Stewart’s College and the Great War: Never Unprepared

11.05-11.20 tea

11.20-12.30 3 papers and 10 minutes for combined questions [University Education Session]
• Susannah Waters and Michelle Kaye (Glasgow School of Art), “From the service of Venus to the worship of Mars”: the Glasgow School of Art during the First World War
• Kenneth Baxter (University of Dundee) ‘Dying they have fulfilled the best traditions of our land’: University College Dundee and its fallen
• Charlotte Methuen (University of Glasgow) Glasgow’s Faculty of Divinity in WWI

12.30-13.15 Lunch (not provided)

13.15-14.50 4 papers plus 15 minutes combined discussion [Industries Session]
• Euan Loarridge (University of Glasgow) A Lost Mining battalion? The 10th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and the Mining Industry of Central Scotland
• Nicola Macrae (University of Glasgow) The Challenges of the Organ Building Profession during the First World War
• Mike French (University of Glasgow) Changes and continuities in white-collar work during World War I: employment, earnings and enlistment at J&P Coats’ offices
• Jim Tomlinson (University of Glasgow) Women in ‘juteopolis’ in World War One

14.50-15.05 tea

15.05-16.40 4 papers plus 15 minutes combined discussion [Benevolent Societies Session]
• John Williamson (University of Glasgow) Fighting on all fronts: the amalgamated Musicians Union during the First World War
• Stacey Clapperton (University of Glasgow) ‘Artists who wish to help other artists and artists who need to help themselves’: the role of the Artists’ General benevolent Institution in the First World War
• Vince Gillen (McLean Museum and Art Gallery) The Watt Institute, Greenock. A cultural institution of the Great War
• Tracey Berg Fulton (Carnegie Museum of Art) ‘The situation is not without its anxieties’: the Carnegie Institute in the First World War

16.40-17.00 Concluding remarks by Tony Pollard with general discussion and questions


University of Glasgow
Senate Room
University Avenue
G12 8QQ

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£25.00 for day attendance. Lunch not included.


Glasgow University Archive Services
Archive Services
University of Glasgow
13 Thurso Street
G11 6PE



0141 330 5515


0141 330 2640/4158

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