TIME TO LOOK BACK AS HERITAGE WEEK OPENS

PHOTOGRAPHS of old Milngavie, objects of local interest and portraits of former provosts are just some of the things that will be on display at the former court building attached to Milngavie Town Hall from Saturday.

Milngavie’s first ever Heritage Week exhibition runs until Saturday, September 3 and is on every day, except Sunday, August 28, from 9.30am until 4pm. Admission is free.

The event has been organised by Milngavie Heritage Centre Group and will be officially opened by Provost Eric Gotts and councillors at 10.30am on Saturday.

Group organisers aim to establish a permanent centre in Milngavie and the former district court room is one possible location.

They would also like to collect photographs and information on anything relating to heritage within Milngavie, Bearsden, Baldernock and surrounding areas. It can be anything over 10 years old - during that time the burghs and boundaries have changed many times.

Chairperson of the Heritage Centre Group, Neil Weir, said: “It is important that information is not lost. Family photographs can contain important background locations or are taken within buildings that are no longer there, or have changed. There are many sources where information can be made available to add to the existing collection and has referenced the former members of Milngavie’s 41 Club and the former workers of Garvie’s Lemonade Factory and Flexible Ducting to name a few.”

They do not need to keep original photographs as they can be scanned at the court room, alternatively they are happy to accept copies of information or photos.

Mr Weir added: “With the increasing popularity of programmes like ‘Who do you think you are?’ and growing demand for tracing family history, heritage centres are a valuable asset to a community. We hope that a permanent centre will encourage more visitors to the area, and that the facility will help locals and schoolchildren carry out research.”

As well as displays there will be a children’s competition and local primary school pupils will get the chance to paint famous buildings or scenes of Milngavie for display during the event for all to see. Pupils from Douglas Academy will be at the event as well.