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Scottish Women's Hospitals
At the outbreak of the Great War one of the founders of the Scottish Women's Suffrage Federation, Doctor Elsie Inglis, helped set up the Scottish Women's Hospitals for the Foreign Service Committee to help support the war effort. This organisation, which was staffed almost entirely by women, set up fourteen field hospitals to treat the wounded in France, Serbia and Russia. This is one of the earliest documentaries to be made and shows daily life in a field hospital at Villers-Cotterets and in Salonika.
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There are many poems and artworks about the horrors of war. Use these texts, or the films from the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive, as inspiration for a story or film about a soldier recovering in hospital or a nurse treating a patient.
Research the life of Elsie Inglis and the role of women more generally during the First World War. Compare this with the experiences of women working in war zones today.
Research the medical conditions and prevalence of anaesthetic and rates of mortality in First World War field hospitals.
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Resource: For further study of the Suffragette Movement go to the National Library of Scotland learning resource A Guid Cause
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