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An HLF funded project to celebrate the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 is now complete.
Participants in the arts and heritage project, 'Ebb and Flow' attended a historical workshop to explore the role the textile industry played in the heritage of East Renfrewshire. Two groups participated in screen-printing workshops, led by the Glasgow Print Studios, at Arthurlie House and Busby Memorial Hall, to illustrate the history on textile banners.
The project was run by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, as part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, after the organisation was awarded an £8200 Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The Busby group created a banner depicting the railway viaduct at Busby, built in 1866 and the gates at Busby Glen, designed by Thomas Hadden and local printworks - now on display at the Duff Memorial Hall. The Barrhead Group created a framed work depicting the Levern River and the mills, printworks and workers from the textile industry, along with Arthurlie House where the work is on permanent display.
Many of East Renfrewshire's modern-day towns and villages are in existence because of the enormous impact the water-powered textile industry made on the area. Anthony McReavy, chief executive of ERCL, said: "This is a unique piece of artwork created by local people celebrating the heritage of the area.I hope people take the time to view the banners, as a lot of effort and imagination has gone into creating them and they're well worth seeing."
Read more about the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 programme that took place on our page.