Celebrating the Songs and Stories of the Newfoundland and Labrador Foresters of the First and Second World Wars

Lay Summary 

This project examined the songs and stories of the foresters of Newfoundland and Labrador who travelled to the United Kingdom, primarily Scotland, during both the First and Second World Wars to cut timber to supply the war needs. Little is written about their time in the UK. We collaborated with the Ballater Historic Forestry Project Association in Ballater, Aberdeenshire to share goals and resources to remember and celebrate this wartime service. Our collaboration resulted in the development of a travelling art exhibition that includes six pop-up panels of photos and stories and a kiosk with an iPad application for digital content that spans both wars and includes the repatriation of foresters, many with British war brides. The exhibit is available in both Newfoundland and Labrador to tour community museums and schools.

School of Music
Accelerator Fund for Public Engagement
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador
United Kingdom
Newfoundland Studies
Arts, Culture & Heritage
Industry Sectors 
Heritage Institutions
Start date 
1 Oct 2016
End date 
1 Jun 2018
Partner Organization 
Ballater Historic Project Association