Go and see Milngavie’s heritage brought to life

Milngavie Train Station'Photo Emma Mitchell'2/7/13
Milngavie Train Station'Photo Emma Mitchell'2/7/13

A fascinating collection of stamps is just one of the things can see if you go along to an exhibition about old Milngavie which is being staged by the town’s heritage centre.

The stamps are part of a display which has been organised by Milngavie man Jimmy Crawford called ‘Clubbable Milngavie’ which looks at the activities of 16 local organisations, covering a wide spectrum of interests.

Some of the stamps reveal interesting historical facts, such as images of bagpipes which reveal that the instrument originated from Asia and not Scotland as it was around in the time before Christ.

Other stamps feature photos of trains to link in with the other exhibition currently showing which commemorates 150 years of the railway in Milngavie.

A bird which can be seen in and around Milngavie is on one of the stamps as well as musical instruments from Africa and letters with 19th century postmarks from the former region New Kilpatrick, Milngavie and Bearsden.

Some of the other clubs on display include the Allander Trefoil - an extension of the girlguiding movement, gardening including Milngavie In Bloom and Baldernock Gardening Club, music - Milngavie Choir. Milngavie Pipe Band and Milngavie Music Club, stamp collecting, chess, family history, the civic trust and the rotary movement.

Mr Crawford hopes that a representative from each club will be there every day to give a presentation about their club and answer questions from members of the public.

He said: “Lots of people said they didn’t realise there were so many different clubs in the area.

“They think this exhibition is a great idea.”

The other exhibition, ‘The History of Milngavie Railway Station’, traces the changes that have been made over the years.

It charts the railway’s development from the steam service which was started by the Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway in the 1860s.

The story is then developed and looks at the electric Blue trains of the 1960s to present day.

Both exhibitions are free and run until Saturday, September 14 in Milngavie Town Hall old court rooms from 10am to 4pm on most days during the week.