Local History Week 2019


Friday, 8 February, 2019


Image of buildingsHistory is being brought to life in East Dunbartonshire next month through a series of thought provoking events to celebrate Local History Week.

The annual event, organised by East Dunbartonshire Libraries, is running from Saturday 2 March until Saturday 9 March. 

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

The newly refurbished Kirkintilloch Town Hall will be hosting an illustrated talk called Your House Through Time, during which our archivist will guide you in how to research the history of a building. The event takes places at 7pm on Wednesday 6 March and you can book a place via Eventbrite.

If your interest lies more in social history, Lennoxtown Library is the venue for the Irish Family History talk by John Slavin of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society. The talk starts at 2pm on Thursday 7 March and is followed by questions and refreshments. Places are free and can be booked through Eventbrite.

For the more energetic, the Canal Heritage Walk led by guide Paul Carter leaves from Townhead Bridge and takes in Hillhead bridge and Southbank Marina. The walk takes place on Saturday 2 March at 10.30am and no booking is required.

Image of lady wearing traditional costumeBaldernock Local History Group will also be leading a walk from Baldernock Linn on Sunday 3 March at 1.30pm. Expected to last two hours, it will take in a visit to a World War II bomber decoy site and its control shelter on Blairskaith Muir, as well as a millstone quarry on Craigmaddie Muir. To book, please call Niall Logan on 01360 620 563 by February 28.

A display focusing on Rita Taketsuru: Mother of Japanese Whisky will be on in the Learning Space at Kirkintilloch Town Hall throughout March. Kirkintilloch-born Rita Cowan married Masataka Taketsuru and together they set up a successful whisky distillery in Japan. This digital display will cover Rita’s early life in Kirkintilloch and the local landmarks connected with her.

Sandy Marshall, Chair of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, said, "The full Local History Week 2019 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.

"Have a look and be inspired."

Councillor Billy Hendry, Convener of the Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets Committee, added, "Local History Week offers a great opportunity for the people of East Dunbartonshire to discover more about the history of the area.

"There is something on for everyone so check out the programme online or get down to your local library to pick up a copy."

For further information contact East Dunbartonshire Archives & Local Studies on 0141 777 3142 or email: libraries@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

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