Looking back at industrial past


A pioneering project which aims to explore the past is looking for help to discover information on East Dunbartonshire’s industrial heritage.

East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust is managing the ‘Trails and Tales’ programme – working with eight artists on the creative initiative which blends history, culture and the great outdoors.

Each of the projects aim to generate research which will be used to design and create a series of outdoor sculpture heritage trails.

The team consists of cultural co-ordinator Esmee Thompson, artist and researcher Fiona Dean, and a group of eight artists.

As well as uncovering and rediscovering old stories and tales, the aim is to create a series of walking trails across the authority area and also establish an arts and heritage learning website for young people.

One particular project, ‘Artist in the Archives’, is led by Artist Trevor Cromie who has been tasked to explore and creatively reinterpret East Dunbartonshire’s Library Archives and Museum Collections. Trevor is currently researching industries in living memory.

He said: “Reading through these log books it became clear industry within living memory had been, and still is, incredibly important to East Dunbartonshire.”

A total of £436,000 in external funding has been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland to contribute to the £500,000 cost of the project.

Scott Hill, chair of EDLC Trust, said: “It’s great to see the project up and running. Trust employees have been working creatively and innovatively with the team of artists – helping to bring the plans to life – and the good work is continuing.”

If you can help with the project call 0141 777 3092.