Help to uncover East Dunbartonshire’s heritage

MEMBERS of the public are being invited to help to uncover the story of East Dunbartonshire’s heritage by taking part in a consultation next month.

The area is steeped in culture and heritage but there are many aspects of it’s colourful past that are widely unknown so East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust (EDLC) is appealing for help from people in the local community.

In April a series of interactive presentations will be held across a number of venues for people to have their say about the types of stories and tales they would like to learn, and tell to others, through creative interaction with artists. This development work is based on the success of the Hillhead Sculpture Studio where artists have worked with the local community over the last two years.

Chair of East Dunbartonshire leisure and culture trust, Councillor Stewart MacDonald, said: “There’s so much history in East Dunbartonshire that we’re almost spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing what we want to learn about.

“That’s why I would encourage anyone that would like to find out more about the area’s heritage to come along and help us create a programme that brings history to life through the arts. There’s an absolute abundance of interesting facts and tales about East Dunbartonshire, let’s chose the ones that children, young people and adults can learn about together.”

At the events, people will have the opportunity to meet members of the EDLC, EDC and Voluntary Sector partnership Project Team and talk about their ideas, which will help to shape a variety of funding applications that will help make them a reality. EDLC is also consulting with youth, heritage and community groups.

Following the consultation, EDLC, in partnership with the council, plans to create a series of heritage and industry trails as well as a heritage and arts learning website for young people.

Events will be held on May 2 at Bearsden, Milngavie and Westerton and Baljaffray Primary School from 7pm to 8.30pm.

If you can’t make it along you can still take part by filling in an online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/heritage-learning-adults. The consultation period will finish in May.

More information can be found at www.facebook.com/Hillhead.Sculpture or by contacting Esmee Thompson, cultural co-ordinator, on 0141 777 3092 email: Culture@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

This opportunity has been provided through support from The Heritage Lottery Fund.