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Local and family history classes - East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust

Local and family history classes

A range of friendly classes to help you get started with your family tree or local history research

You can book our classes online 

To register for online booking and payment fill in your details here

Already registered?you can book and pay here.

You can also book by calling 0141 577 4956 or visit Eastwood Park Theatre reception in person to secure your place.

We regret that we are unable to offer refunds on payments for performances or classes.

New! Family History for Beginners 16+

*special introductory offer - 20% discount on places booked now!*

This new one day course, led by experienced genealogist Lorna Kinnaird, PGDip, ASGRA, FSA Scot, will give you the skills and knowledge you need to begin your family history research. In a relaxed group setting, Lorna will introduce you to the basic principles of family history giving you guidance on what information you need, where to find it and how to interpret it. Participants are encouraged to bring with them any research they have already carried out. There will be the opportunity to discuss your research with Lorna during lunch* No previous experience is needed.

*Lunch will be included

Family History for Beginners can be booked online through Eastwood Park Theatre box office. You can also book by calling 0141 577 4956 or visit Eastwood Park Theatre reception in person to secure your place.

Day/TimeClass DescriptionLocationStandardConcession

Mon 3 Jun

10am - 4pm

Family History for BeginnersGiffnock Library*£52 (20% off original price)*£38 (20% off original price)


*NEW* Discovering Maps 16+


A tutor led class which will unlock the mysteries of maps as we show you how to use the maps available at East Renfrewshire Heritage Service and online to help with family and local history.

Day/TimeClass DescriptionLocationStandard60+Concession

Tue 16 Apr

10am - 12 noon

Discovering MapsBarrhead Foundry£10.60£8.70£5.40


*NEW* Mills, Merchants and Slaves: the development of East Renfrewshire 16+


Led by expert tutor, Dr. Stuart Nisbet, this series of interactive two week mini courses will explore what shaped modern East Renfrewshire, from colonial connections to textile mills. Each of the courses will consist of walk* and a talk.

The 18th century was a time of great change in this area. From the 1750s wealthy landowners and merchants, often with overseas connections, began to improve the farmland. From the 1780s most of the settlements in East Renfrewshire originated or expanded due to developing technology which harnessed water power at more than a dozen big cotton mills and nearly 50 bleachfields or printfields. These courses explore how this all came together in the late 18th and early 19th centuries to form the basis of modern day East Renfrewshire. The tutor will use original research about local merchants and specific parts of the area which will give participants an understanding of what was going on on a wider scale.

Try one course.... or book the lot!

*Meeting points for walks will be confirmed nearer the time. In the event of inclement weather walk and talk may swap days.

Day/TimeClass DescriptionLocationStandard60+Concession

Mon 25 Feb

10.30am - 12 noon


Mon 4 Mar

10.30am- -12 noon

Bleachfields & Printfields


Fairweather Hall£21.20£17.40£10.80

Thursday 21 Mar

10.30am -12 noon


Thursday 28 Mar

10.30am -12 noon

Water Power & Cotton MillsEaglesham Library£21.20£17.40£10.80

Wed, 24 Apr

10.30am - 12 noon


Wed, 1 May

10.30am - 12 noon

Sugar & EstatesNetherlee Pavilion£21.20£17.40£10.80

Mon 13 May

10.30am -12 noon


Mon 20 May

10.30am -12 noon

Tobacco & Estates


Netherlee Pavilion£21.20£17.40£10.80

*NEW* Hands on Heritage: Volunteer sessions 16+


Come along and get involved with local heritage by helping us bring our hidden collections back to light. Over the course of 4 weeks you will be given the opportunity to learn about our collections and to try a variety of tasks, working on items from the East Renfrewshire Heritage collection, supported by the Local Studies Librarian. Ideal for those wanting to gain a bit of experience in heritage or those who just enjoy learning about and exploring local history. You will be working in a group so you can meet new people while you learn new skills. No previous experience required but enthusiasm essential! Tea and coffee provided.

Day/TimeClass DescriptionLocationStandard60+Concession

Tuesdays 5 - 26 Mar

10am - 1pm

Hands on Heritage


Giffnock LibraryFreeFreeFree


Introduction to Ancestry 16+

Family history is a hobby that is booming in popularity and is becoming easier as more records go online. This session will introduce you to the Ancestry Library Edition website and soon will have you searching though millions of records with ease. You can then enjoy free access to the website from East Renfrewshire Libraries allowing you to track down those elusive ancestors.

*Please note, to take part in this class you must be confident in using a PC and the internet.

Day/TimeClass DescriptionLocationStandard60+Concession

Wed 17 April

2.30 - 4pm

Introduction to AncestryMearns Library£10.60£8.70£5.40

Tue 30 April

6 - 7.30pm

Introduction to AncestryGiffnock Library£10.60£8.70£5.40

Tue 11 Jun

2.30 - 4pm

Introduction to AncestryGiffnock Library£10.60£8.70£5.40

Amazed, I have progressed more this morning than all the times I've tried it myself




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