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Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology - East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust

Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology

2017 Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology

Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology The Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology (HHA) is a Scottish government initiative led by Visit Scotland. The aims are to encourage participation, promotion, celebration, business engagement and collaboration in the area of focus. ERCL are building a programme that will reach all local communities through connections with arts and heritage, community facilities and libraries.

The overarching theme and inspiration of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in East Renfrewshire is the three local rivers; Auldhouse Burn, River Cart and Levern Water. The rivers served the industrial heritage of the area, principally the mills and printworks that flourished during the industrial revolution.

There are also Community Halls with historical relevance and connections to the mills and printworks, such as Duff Hall, Eastwood House, Arthurlie House and Glen Hall.

The industrial revolution led to changes in water sanitation, which saw the success of the local business Shanks that operated in Barrhead for over 100 years. There was also the development of a water sanitising site, which has now been transformed into the Water Works, a thriving community garden.


East Renfrewshire has a full year of activities programmed to celebrate the history, heritage and archaeology of the area. Some highlights to look forward to include:

  • Theatre performances
  • Film screenings
  • Robert Burns themed art class
  • A children's project to interpret the Gemmell Statues into a graphic novel
  • Local History sessions
  • Shanks themed art installation at the Water Works, Barrhead
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service reminiscence boxes in the community
  • Local fine art interpretation projects
  • Artwork and interpretation for community facilities
  • Scottish Local History Week Sat 4th - Sat 11th March
  • Book displays (Read the Past national library campaign)

Full details of all events will be posted on our website and social media pages. For further information on our heritage services you can visit the Local and Family History section of our website. East Renfrewshire's Heritage Collection can also be viewed online: http://www.portaltothepast.co.uk

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Made from Textiles: The Story of Rouken Glen and Thornliebank (a film by Tom Marchant)
Wed 8 March 2017, 7pm (the event will last approximately 1 hour)
Giffnock Library

We are delighted to announce that our lead event for Scottish Local History Week 2017 will be the premiere of 'Made from Textiles: The Story of Rouken Glen and Thornliebank', by local filmmaker Tom Marchant. Tom has been involved in producing films on local history for several years and says:

"The recent opening of the new walkway at Rouken Glen seemed an ideal choice for a new project as I was aware of the previously hidden examples of early water engineering there. I was extremely pleased to be able to have the assistance Of Dr. Stuart Nisbet , a local expert, to explain the detailed workings and history of the area known as Newfield.

I was therefore able to tell the story of the textile works at Newfield and the adjoining ones at Thornliebank and also show something of the history of Rouken Glen Park"

This event is free but ticketed. Tickets are available from the theatre box office and Giffnock Library.

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