Dundee’s Discovery Point will host a First World War open day on Saturday, with the extraordinary Christmas truce of 1914 as its theme.
Highlights will include the first public discussion of the poignant sacrifice made by players and staff of Dundee United and Dundee FC.
Anticipating an increase in inquiries relating to Dundee and the First World War, family history experts, including Black WatchCastle and Museum staff, will be on hand to show thepublic how they can research their family’s military history and what resources are available.
Kenny Ross, of Dundee FC, and Dr Billy Kenefick, of Dundee University, will discuss the impact of the war on local football clubs, while DC Thomsoncompany historian Norman Watson explores the fact and fiction surrounding the famous football matchduring the unofficial ceasefire on Christmas Day 1914.
The event has been organised by the city-wide Great War Dundee partnership.
Partnership chairman Dr Kenefick said: “During the First World War, Dundee gave an astonishing 63% of its eligible men to the armed forces and, with a casualty rate of 15%, was double that of Glasgow and one of the highest of any British city.
“Remembering the Christmas truce day brings an opportunity for people to talk about their relatives’ part in the war and to raise awareness of the impact of the 1914-1918 war on the city.
“We want to bring the community together and encourage the broadest possible public participation.”
The free event takes place at Discovery Point from 10am-3.30pm. Tickets can be booked here.