Pupils given unique insight into Great War

20150209- The Sphere donation. 'Ivan Laird has donated his collection of The Sphere magazine which came out weekly during the First World War. The collection which is bound in ten volumes was handed over to Webster's High School. 'Pictured are (left to right) S.5 pupil Bethan Whamond, history teacher Cale Prendergast, Ivan Laird and school librarian Lillian Downie with of the two volumes. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.

20150209- The Sphere donation. 'Ivan Laird has donated his collection of The Sphere magazine which came out weekly during the First World War. The collection which is bound in ten volumes was handed over to Webster's High School. 'Pictured are (left to right) S.5 pupil Bethan Whamond, history teacher Cale Prendergast, Ivan Laird and school librarian Lillian Downie with of the two volumes. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.

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An incredible learning resource which graphically illustrates the major campaigns of the First World War has been loaned to Webster’s High School.

Ivan Laird, a keen historian, has loaned the school bound copies of the weekly ‘Sphere’ magazine which he purchased in a sale at Lundie Castle 30 years ago.

The cherished collection gives great detail of the progression of the war with original photographs, illustrations and rolls of honour.

Mr Laird has 10 books of the magazines in his collection, which he has read from cover to cover.

He told ‘The Herald’: “I have the complete set for the duration of the First World War and will give these to Webster’s, on loan, for the next four years. The magazine came out weekly and cost sixpence. Every edition carried a roll of honour listing the officers who were killed that week.

“I wanted to loan this to the school for the duration of the 100 year commemoration of the First World War.

“Families tended not to speak about the war and these magazines have a lot of information and history on such an interesting subject. A lot of people have grand-parents who fought in the war and now the war is in the public eye.”

Commenting on the collection Jane Esson, head teacher, said: “We are delighted Ivan has chosen to loan us this fabulous resource which gives a unique insight into what life was like at that time.

“Our history teacher is very excited about this and is already planning lessons round them. They will be used primarily with S2 pupils who are studying World War One.”

The files are being loaned out one year at a time with the first year of the war currently being held in the school library. Members of the public wishing to view the magazines should contact the school.