THERE was a great turn out to the official opening of Milngavie’s Heritage Week exhibition on Saturday.
The display of old photos, objects of local interest and portraits of former provosts is being held in the former court building next to Milngavie Town Hall until Saturday, September 3.
It was opened by Provost Eric Gotts and a group of Douglas Academy pupils from the school’s heritage group. Councillors Jim Gibbons and Bill Binks were also there as well as two elderly Milngavie residents who are very knowledgeable about the area, Nigel Orr and Moir Garrett.
The last exhibition about Milngavie’s heritage took place in 1988 in the Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie, and was accompanied by the booklet ‘Remains to be seen’.
Nigel Orr’s book ‘Milngavie, The Village’, published in 2002, whetted everyone’s appetite for another exhibition but it has taken until now to deliver this.
Provost Eric Gotts said: “This exciting exhibition is well worth the long wait. The Heritage Group must be congratulated for organising it in just a few months. There is something of real interest for every visitor.
“Some people who have no interest in heritage argue that the past is the past and that it has no relevance to the present nor to the future.
“But this is a short-sighted view, take one relevant example today, if local people did not know about Milngavie’s association with Gavin’s Mill, Tesco would already have planning permission for its hypermarket, which would be sandwiched between a 16th century grain mill and a 19th century railway station. Heritage is of relevance today – don’t be fooled by its detractors.”
One of the things that is holding back heritage, locally, is the lack of a permanent public space to collect, catalogue and present heritage.
The Provost added: “This exhibition is temporary but there is a responsibility on all interested in preserving and promoting Milngavie’s heritage to work together to achieve the goal of a permanent centre in the future.”
The organisers of the exhibition, Milngavie Heritage Centre Group, hope to establish a permanent centre to encourage more visitors to the area and provide a facility that will help locals and schoolchildren carry out research.