Local history week goes international

Local history week
Local history week

This year’s Local History Week will have an international flavour - celebrating East Dunbartonshire’s links with Commonwealth countries.

The annual event organised by East Dunbartonshire Libraries - running from March 1-8 - has this year been inspired by the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The Auld Kirk Museum in Kirkintilloch will host First World War exhibition ‘For King and Country’, while the East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust (EDLC) website will host an online exhibition of documents and photographs illustrating local people’s historical connections with countries of the Commonwealth.

The Barony Chambers, in Kirkintilloch will be hosting ‘Scotland in Auld Film – a programme of Wonderful Archive Film Delights from Scottish Screen’, and at Lennoxtown Library, Daniel Allison, a Scottish storyteller who has travelled extensively will entertain with stories and music with a Commonwealth theme.

Brookwood Library will be displaying stories and photographs of Bearsden people who have had connections with the Commonwealth, while the library will also be hosting Girl Guiding Dunbartonshire singing campfire songs from around the Commonwealth.

‘Wha’s Like Us: People of Milngavie’ will be on display at the Milngavie Heritage Centre, describing the activities of a selection of people of Milngavie, illustrated by photographs, documents and objects. Also in Milngavie, there will be a walking tour of the town which will visit places associated with some notable people of the community, and describe how they made a difference to local life.

There will also be drop-in events at libraries across East Dunbartonshire where children aged between five and 11 will be able to join in fun activities such as helping to make a Commonwealth display with flags and stories from different countries, Commonwealth bunting and lots more.

Chair of East Dunbartonshire leisure and culture trust, Scott Hill, said: “By exploring the connections between local communities and the wider Commonwealth, we can learn about our heritage in a fun and inspiring way.

“The full Local History Week 2014 programme is now available, detailing a wide range of activities and events across East Dunbartonshire throughout the week – exhibitions and displays, storytelling, talks, archive film shows, walks, children and families events, and more. Look out for details in libraries and other cultural venues, and on the EDLC website, www.edlc.co.uk.”

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration, said: “Local History Week offers a great opportunity for the people of East Dunbartonshire to discover more about the history of the area.

“There is something on for everyone so check out the programme online or get down to your local library to pick up a copy.”

Call 0141 777 3142 for information or email: libraries@eastdunbarton.gov.uk