The online resources developed for the Next of Kin touring exhibition provide opportunities to learn about the First World War in Scotland.

Next of Kin: Great War Stories across Scotland app

From a last letter home to an engagement ring found off the coast of Orkney, a mobile app was developed to provide a treasure trove of First World War family stories and artefacts.

[Edit 11.11.19 the app is no longer available for download. Family stories and objects from the exhibition can be accessed on the Historypin and Europeana Collections].

  • Explore 43 family stories through an interactive map or discover the common themes that link them together
  • Investigate high quality zoomable images of artefacts kept by families and passed down through generations
  • Read moving first-hand accounts from diaries and letters between loved ones


You can also explore First World War stories contributed by Next of Kin museum partners on Historypin.

Nurse Mellor’s Autograph Books app

From satirical sketches to heartfelt poetry, this app gives a personal insight into the lives of nurses and their patients in Scottish War Hospitals during the First World War [Edit 11.11.19 the app is no longer available for download].

  • Swipe through 86 pages of Nurse Florence Mellor’s three autograph books kept during her time at war hospitals in Fife and Craiglockhart
  • Read transcripts of personal messages and verse penned by wounded soldiers in her care
  • Magnify and rotate high quality images of humorous sketches and intricate drawings


You can also explore a selection of the poems, drawings and jokes penned by Nurse Mellor’s patients in this slideshow.

Handling Resource information pack

A collection of handling objects relating to the exhibition themes is being used in learning activities at each tour venue. This resource can be used to support learning activities about the First World War as it includes object handling notes and ideas for things to do and make, such as crafts and creative writing. 

Download the resource information pack [PDF 6MB] 

Voices from the stories

The voices below are taken from written correspondence between Scottish families featured in the exhibition. They bring the stories and personalities to life.

Supported by

National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund  Scottish Government (1)

Part of

First World War Centenary led by the Imperial War Museum WW100 Scotland


Back to top

We’re reopening our museums

After nearly five months of closure, we have started to welcome visitors back to our museums with a phased reopening.

Find out more