What are your memories of the town hall?

Friday, 9 December, 2016


Treasures from times past are being sought for an inspirational attraction at the rejuvenated Kirkintilloch Town Hall.

Made in Kirkintilloch is a project being led by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust which will create a heritage centre on the upper floor of the iconic building.

Work is forging ahead to transform Kirkintilloch Town Hall into a centre for heritage, arts, culture and community use.

The new town hall - which will be functional, flexible and fit for the 21st century - is due to open in late summer 2017.

The heritage centre is being supported by a programme of arts, creative and learning activities funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Made in Kirkintilloch aims to connect the local community with Kirkintilloch’s rich industrial heritage through the display and interpretation of museum and archive collections.

It will also develop an exciting programme of activities which will take inspiration from the town’s history.

This programme will work with a range of groups and schools across the community - incorporating the expertise of artists and heritage specialists.

There is also the opportunity for volunteers to get involved in the development of a flexible exhibition space – co-curating their own collections with EDLC.

As part of the project, EDLC is firstly appealing to the public for information, memories, photographs and objects which specifically relate to Kirkintilloch Town Hall and the Spider Bridge, Lenzie.

Councillor Anne Jarvis, EDLC Trust Chair, said, "Kirkintilloch has a rich industrial past - from the Lion Foundry and its iconic red telephone boxes to the world-famous Puffers which once sailed the Forth and Clyde Canal.

"Made in Kirkintilloch is an exciting project which aims to provide a fascinating glimpse into the history of the town - engaging with individuals, groups and schools across the community to uncover a treasure trove of information and objects.

"I would urge everyone with memories, photos or items relating to Kirkintilloch Town Hall and the Spider Bridge to get in touch."

Members of the public are invited to contact EDLC’s Heritage Coordinator, Charlotte Johnson, - e-mail charlotte.Johnson@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or call 0141 578 8729.

* East Dunbartonshire has a rich industrial heritage - due in part to the important rail and canal routes which passed through it. You can discover more about the area’s important railways and waterways, and the coal mines, iron foundries and shipbuilders which depended on them by visiting edlc heritage

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