Heritage group gets new court room home

MILNGAVIE Heritage Group is celebrating this week after being told they can use the former court room at Milngavie Town Hall.

East Dunbartonshire Culture and Leisure Trust is going to allow them to use the walls and surrounds of the former court room for events, exhibitions and meetings.

Milngavie Heritage Centre would like to collect photographs and information on anything over 10 years old relating to heritage within Milngavie, Bearsden, Baldernock and surrounding areas.

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.”

The group does not need to keep original photographs as they can be scanned in 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.”

Milngavie Heritage Group is going to hold an EGM on Wednesday, January 18, at 7.30pm in the former court room to review the progress which has been made since the very successful Heritage Week last August.

The meeting will also discuss the Heritage Group’s involvement in future exhibitions such as the Local National Heritage Week, with the theme of sport, to be held in March this year.

All welcome with the group hoping for a good turnout of from interested members of the community.