Several years ago something called the Scottish War Memorial Discussion Forum was set up online. This was to allow anyone to share their photographs and information about Scottish war memorials.
Over time our little group of volunteers has turned the discussion forum into a war memorial recording project, added another project recording war graves and dipped our toe into other work such as publishing rolls of honour transcriptions and giving talks.
Recently we’ve worked with Edinburgh University’s Edinburgh’s War project and are partners in their new project - Scotland’s War 1914-1919 - which has been set up to commemorate the First World War centenary.
A couple of years ago we formed ourselves into an association called the Scottish Military Research Group to manage all our activities.
Our two databases are of national importance; no other organisation has recorded so much information on so many of Scotland’s war memorials and war graves and we need that data to be hosted on a more stable platform. However stable platforms need to be paid for and we currently have no money!
So, at the end of last year we applied to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator to become a charity, because with charitable status we can apply for funding (and accept donations from anyone kind enough to give us some money) to help us run the projects and achieve our goals.
Today we reached another milestone in our little group’s own history when OSCR accepted our submission and entered us onto the charity register as Registered Scottish Charity, No. SC043826.
It’s taken us a while to reach this point. We are a small team who manage our projects, Blog, twitter account and Facebook page in the precious spare time between work and family commitments so achieving this status means a lot to us.
Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far and we hope you’ll now see some exciting developments from us in the next few months.