A Better World?

This website explores some of the enormous challenges facing Scots and Scotland in the aftermath of the First World War. Using collections at the National Library of Scotland, we look at ways in which some individuals and groups attempted to forge 'a better world'.

In harsh economic conditions that continued into the 1920s, there were struggles between competing ideals and priorities for the country.

With more people now able to vote, there was an opportunity to harness the energy and hope felt at the end of the war. Many used collective action to strive for change.


About the exhibition

'A Better World? Scotland after the First World War' is a major exhibition at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Using items from the Library's collections, it was launched in November 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.

  • Opening hours Opening hours

    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday


    • Wednesday


    • Friday, Saturday


    • Sunday: Closed


  • Location National Library of Scotland

    • 57 George IV Bridge
      EH1 1EW

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