While I Breath, I Hope is an ambitious programme of events taking place in St Andrews in 2018 to mark the centenary of the ending of the First World War.

Created by the Byre Theatre, this website is a community archive for the people of St Andrews and Fife to remember the First World War and the years that followed in which the Byre Theatre was founded.

While I Breathe, I Hope takes its name from the town motto of St Andrews: Dum Spiro Spero or While I Breathe, I Hope.

The Byre Theatre is grateful for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, awarded through the First World War: then and now programme.

Thanks also go to the St Andrews Preservation Trust for all its support and to everyone who has given time and shared stories and memories of St Andrews with us.

Where to start:

As part of this project, we asked storyteller Andy Cannon to deliver workshops in schools and around the community and commissioned Martin Clark to make several films. Take a look at Martin’s films of Andy Cannon sharing the story of the Founding of the Byre and how the founders were affected by World War One and our interview with Scottish Military Historian Hew Strachan.

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