In 1914, thousands of British civilians and merchant seamen, along with foreigners from other nationalities, were interned at the hastily constructed prisoner of war camp at Ruhleben racecourse by Spandau, near Berlin, Germany. Most would not see freedom from the camp until the end of the war. This site will try to tell the stories of as many of those civilians as possible.
Sources trawled for information on the inmates include Ruhleben based websites on the internet, printed publications, the National Archives catalogue in London, issues of the Ruhleben Camp Magazine, sales on E-bay of Ruhleben related memorabilia, and many, many more.
The Largs War Memorial Project
Hosted at our original website, this project is attempting to uncover the stories behind all soldiers from Largs, North Ayrshire, who fell in the Great War of 1914 - 1918 and World War Two 1939 - 1945
The Weavers of Perth
This ongoing project, initially started in 2007 for a postgraduate certificate course at the University of Strathclyde, is looking into the history of the handloom weavers of Perth. Many rare records, including those of the Weavers Incorporation of Perth are being trawled for valuable genealogical information.
The following is a very Scottish entry from the minute book from 1703!
Perth the ffourth day of August 1703
Whilk day the maister couirt of the weavers of perth being convened in the burgh all in ane voice inlays and fynes John Huttsone weaver in perth in fforty shill. for his abusing the present Deacon and any other of the laite Deacons abusing and miscalling the said Deacon Archibald and several times called the sd Deacons Raskells and villainds and often times commanded them to kiss his airs and thairfor he is fyned in other ffourty shilling.