1937 (2nd ed. 1950)
Inchcolm Abbey was placed in State Guardianship in 1924. The remains was conserved by J. Wilson Paterson, the architect in charge of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings in Scotland. Paterson prepared the first guidebook in 1937; a second edition was published in 1950. It includes a fold-out plan of the abbey, as well as a series of evolving plans.
The foundation was Augustinian, and was probably linked to Scone or St Andrews. It became an abbey in 1235.
1989 (rev. ed. 1998)
A new guidebook (‘Official Souvenir Guide’) was prepared by Richard Fawcett, David McRoberts and Fiona Stewart in 1989 and revised for Historic Scotland in 1998. This starts with a guided tour, and followed by ‘The story of Inchcolm Abbey and Island’. The history is taken up to the Second World War with the defence of the First of Forth.
A new format souvenir guide was prepared by Kirsty Owen.
The Solent provides access to the major harbours of Portsmouth and Southampton. Given the naval sensitivities of the area this seaway was heavily defended by a series of fortifications. The western entrance was defended by Hurst Castle built on a spit of land projecting into the Solent. The earliest phase was a Tudor fort
contemporary with Deal and Walmer Castles
in Kent. The castle was adapted in the Napoleonic Wars, and expanded in the 1850s, 1860s and 1870s. The English Heritage guidebook is by J.G. Coad.
Yarmouth Castle is located opposite Hurst Castle on the Isle of Wight. This was also a Tudor foundation. The guidebook is by S.E. Rigold
Calshot Castle is located at the mouth of Southampton Water. This was also part of the Tudor defences of the Solent. During the First World War, Calshot became a seaplane base to protect against submarines. The guidebook is by J.G. Coad.
THE GERMAN NAVAL BOMBARDMENT OF BRITISH SEAPORTS, NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 1914© IWM (Q 53459)
On 14 December 1914 the German Imperial Navy bombarded the coastal town of Whitby. Part of Whitby Abbey was damaged.
BRITISH FORCES IN THE SALONIKA CAMPAIGN 1915 – 1918© IWM (Q 31871)
The First World War campaign in Macedonia uncovered a number of archaeological objects. The objects were collected in a museum. The members of the Royal Scots Fusiliers inspect an inscription of Manius Salarius Sabinus found near the ancient site of Lete.
Plaque at the Royal Academy of Arts, London © David Gill
I noticed a sign marking the wrecking of Gallery 9 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The destruction had been caused during an air raid in September 1917. The Imperial War Museum has a picture of the destruction.
AIR RAID DAMAGE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR.© IWM (HO 110)
The 15th Cambridge Heritage Research Seminar is taking place this weekend. The programme contains a range of topics that take us not only to the Western Front, but also to the Italian campaigns in the Alps, the Macedonian campaign, and to Sarajevo.
2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1. An anthology on the theme of conflict, ‘So too have the doves gone’, is due to be launched at the Essex Book Festival on 7 March 2014. It has been edited by Judith Wolton and Pam Job. Contributors are largely drawn from Essex and Suffolk.
Booking can be made online here.