Cowal - A Call to Arms


6 Oct 2017 - 12:45 to 7 Oct 2017 - 23:59

Summary : 

World War I Centenary Conference - Behind the scenes at home and abroad during the Great War


The Burgh Hall, Dunoon


Bute and Cowal


01369 701202

World War One touched the lives of millions of Scots at home and abroad, and continues to resonate today. A conference and exhibition will be held in Dunoon to commemorate the mobilisation of troops from Cowal in the Great War with the aim of remembering the local contribution made during the war, and to help people discover the impact of the war on the community and reflect on what can be learned from “the war to end all wars”.
Speakers of national renown will be taking part in the two day conference and it promises to be both informative and engaging. This will be a unique chance to hear experts in the field of Great War history and an opportunity to share knowledge and research with other delegates.
Following the conference there will be a commemoration parade at Dunoon War Memorial on Sunday 8th October.

In parallel with the conference an exhibition will be held in the Burgh Hall from 2nd to 8th October featuring material about the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (the 8th battalion mobilised from Dunoon), the Argyll and Bute Mountain Batteries, training camps, auxiliary hospitals, war memorials, local heroes, Princess Louise and the Campbell family, provision for veterans and much more.
Contributions will range from museum exhibits and research documents to displays from local enthusiasts and school projects.

Conference Fee: £50

Included in the conference fee :

  • All talks and workshops
  • Dinner on Friday evening
  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Tea/Coffee between sessions
  • Access to exhibition
  • WWI themed concert on Friday evening
  • Home Fires, Broken Sons drama by Three Wee Crows Theatre
  • Company on Saturday evening
  • Conference pack

Conference programme


Trevor Royle

The Argylls in the Great War

Col. A K Miller CBE

The Palestine Campaign

Richard Galley

Bedford’s Highlanders 1914-15

Evening - WWI themed concert featuring local musicians and performers


Colin Campbell

The 51st Division

Prof. Tony Pollard

Trowels in the Trenches : the archaeology of the Western Front

Joyce Meader

A Call to Yarns!

Sir Hew Strachan

Three Great War Scotsmen: Haldane, Hamilton and Haig


Informal talks / workshops

Evening - Home Fires, Broken Sons drama by Three Wee Crows Theatre Company (at The High Kirk Hall)


  • Registration from 12.45 on Friday 6th October.
  • Dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday included (vegetarian option available—please advise of any further dietary requirements.)
  • Free access to exhibition

Find out more and book your place here.