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10.30am - 12pm

Christmas is a time for families, for being together, eating lots and giving presents.  But what happens when the world is at war?  In this talk Ruth Boreham will show the types of Christmases those serving abroad had during the First World War, including exploring the famous 'truce', as well as the impact of war on Christmas in Britain during the Second World War.

Ruth Boreham currently works for the Scottish Book Trust on their Early Years programme called Bookbug, and is also a freelance tour guide (particularly on women’s history walking tours in Edinburgh), speaker and historical researcher.  Ruth worked worked for the National Library of Scotland as their John Murray Archive Project Curator and has done historical research for authors and tv programmes such as ‘Who Do You Think You Are’.  Women’s history is Ruth’s passion and she is currently researching and writing a biography about Mary Somerville, and also researching the Scottish 1911 census and the suffrage movement.

Christmas during the two World Wars