Local History Month 2020

Monday, 24 February, 2020


images of history booksHistory is being brought to life in East Dunbartonshire next month through a series of thought provoking events to celebrate Local History Month.

The annual event, organised by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, has expanded from a week to a month and is running from Monday 2 March until Saturday 28 March. 

Exhibitions and activities celebrating East Dunbartonshire's rich history have been organised at venues across the area.

Kirkintilloch Town Hall will host 'Reflections of a Strong Voice – Women, how we got to now' on Friday 8 March at 7.30pm to mark International Women’s Day

The event has been organised by the EDLC Trust in partnership with East Dunbartonshire’s Women’s Heritage Group which was developed through the successful Made in Kirkintilloch Project. The evening will showcase the group's series of powerful monologues ‘Women of their Time’, inspired by stories of local women and their lives.

Kirkintilloch Ladies Choir will celebrate women through song and a powerful musical performance while East Dunbartonshire based singer-songwriter Jo Mango will be linking performances through song and conversation.

street with tenements each side of streetPlaces are limited for the performance so be sure not to miss out. Tickets cost £8 and can be booked online (edlc.co.uk) or by calling 0141 777 3143 (Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm and 2 pm to 4pm).

William Patrick Library in Kirkintilloch is the venue for a House History Open Day drop-in events on Saturday 21 March between 1 to 4pm. Come along and view a display of archives and local studies material with a house history theme, and get advice on tracing the history of your own house. There will also be a children's local history treasure hunt along the library.

If you'd like to hear more about the history of your local area then book your place for East Dunbartonshire Then and Now at Bishopbriggs Library on Thursday 5 March at 11am.

Come and hear a fun heritage talk and take a journey through the archives of Historic Environment Scotland to discover fantastic images, sound and video relating to East Dunbartonshire and Scotland.

Book your free ticket via Eventbrite or contact 0141 777 3142 for more details.

Find out more about the rich social and economic history of Baldernock, Craigton and Mugdock in an exhibition organised by Milngavie Heritage Centre. The Villages of Milngavie will run from Saturday 7 March to Saturday 14 March at Milngavie Town Hall.

If you're looking for some family fun then Lennoxtown Library is the venue for Campsie Collections - a special display of archives and local studies material relating to the Campsie area. These documents, volumes and photographs highlight the fascinating and rich heritage of Campsie. There will also be some fun children's activities at the event on Tuesday 24 March which will run between 1 to 4pm. While you're there have a look at the library's photographic display showing old photos of Lennoxtown and Campsie Parish. The exhibition, organised by Campsie Local History Group, will run from Monday 2 to Friday 27 March.

copies of newspaper articlesFor the more energetic, the Canal Heritage Walk led by guide Paul Carter leaves from Townhead Bridge and takes in Hillhead Bridge and Southbank Marina. Explore the Forth and Clyde Canal's rich heritage of shipbuilding, iron works, cruising and the building of the Luggie Aqueduct. The walk takes place on Saturday 14 March at 10.30am and no booking is required.

There is also the opportunity to visit Made in Kirkintilloch, Kirkintilloch Town Hall's Heritage Centre which is open Monday to Thursday between 10 to 4pm and is free to the public.

Councillor Vaughan Moody, Chair of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, said, "The full Local History Month 2020 programme is now available, detailing activities and events across East Dunbartonshire throughout the week – exhibitions, talks and walks. Look out for details in libraries and other cultural venues, and on the EDLC website, www.edlc.co.uk."

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