Historic items of interest on display in Milngavie on Doors Open Day - September 8

28.8.12 Photograph Paul McSherry. Neil Weir'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry 29th Aug 2012.
28.8.12 Photograph Paul McSherry. Neil Weir'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry 29th Aug 2012.

OLD FASHIONED tailoring equipment, a wide range of ironmongery and hardware including a marmalade cutter and wooden cabbage presser are going to be on show at Milngavie Heritage Centre’s exhibition on Doors Open Day - September 8.

The Heritage Centre is going to use its new display cases for the first time for the event in Milngavie Town Hall’s former court room, which runs from 10am until 5pm.

Local shops will be well represented, with a special display of tailoring equipment used by James Barr in his premises in Station Road, Milngavie. These were provided by his grand-daughter, Margaret Hamilton, who still lives in Milngavie.

There will be a wide range of ironmongery, sold in local shops - linked to the catalogue of a Glasgow hardware supplier, J. & A. McFarlane, one of the partners of which lived locally. Items will include a metal potato masher, a marmalade cutter, a brass pastry cutter and wooden cabbage presser.

Other items include menus and memorabilia from the Black Bull Hotel, lemonade bottles used by local manufacturers (Garvies and Strathdee), milk bottles that once held milk produced at local farms, a model of the Bennie Railplane and a small part of the superstructure of the railplane.

There will also be a display of children’s toys of the kind used locally in bygone years, including doll’s house equipment, lead soldiers, Meccano, a clockwork mouse and an early TV Muffin the Mule marionette.

The exhibition will include photographs of the old “Buildings of Milngavie”, showing how Milngavie developed from the “Mill Toun” around the famous local Gavin’s Mill. There will be a special feature on the redevelopment of Milngavie around 1900 by Provost John Woodburn, showing the great range of unique house types he erected in Milngavie. This will act as a ‘trailer’ for a larger exhibition on the “Buildings of Milngavie” to be shown at the Heritage Centre on Friday and Saturday September 28 and 29 and Monday, October 3.

Andrew Summers, treasurer of Milngavie Heritage Society, said: “We are very excited about this exhibition.

“This is our first Open Doors event and there will be lots of fascinating things for people to see from photos of the area to objects connected with the district.

“I’d encourage people to come along as there is something for everyone.”

If you have any items of interest that you can loan to the exhibition please phone Neil Weir on 0141 956 1004.