Bringing history to life in East Dunbartonshire

People are being urged to explore the fascinating history of East Dunbartonshire as Scotland prepares to celebrate its first-ever Heritage Awareness Day on Friday, October 6.

The past will be brought to life at a variety of venues, as people have the chance to step back in time to discover the history of the area, as well as themselves.

Councillor Jim Gibbons, convener of the council’s place, neighbourhood and corporate assets committee, said: “From Romans and Puffers, to paintings and fascinating pieces from the past, East Dunbartonshire has a distinctive and fascinating heritage. The council works with EDLC Trust to provide a wide range of facilities, resources and services locally.”

Sandy Marshall, chair of EDLC Trust, added: “Heritage Awareness Day is a great opportunity to celebrate local heritage. We’re delighted to support Historic Environment Scotland’s efforts to highlight the past and its relevance for the present and future.”

East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust offers a wealth of resources, facilities, events and services locally, including:

Learning techniques from the past with East Dunbartonshire


Archive services at Kirkintilloch’s William Patrick Library, Bearsden Library and online;

Heritage and arts displays at the Auld Kirk Museum, Kirkintilloch, and Lillie Art Gallery in Milngavie;

Family history and local history services;

The newly-reopened and extended Kilmardinny House;

Trails and Tales – a local arts and heritage learning programme which engages artists with communities – supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland. The project is creating a series of heritage sculpture trails across East Dunbartonshire which will launch in the new year;

Made in Kirkintilloch – a community engagement programme which explores Kirkintilloch’s rich industrial heritage through creative activities and a series of co-curated exhibitions with local groups and individuals. An industrial heritage centre will be created on the upper floor of the newly-restored and extended Kirkintilloch Town Hall – also supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund;

Open Archives – a free drop-in family event being held in Bearsden Community Hub (Lesser Hall) on Tuesday,  October 10, from 2.30-5.30pm. On display will be unique drawings, building plans, manuscripts, letters and photographs relating to the Bearsden and Milngavie area. There will also be a children’s treasure hunt with prizes;

Beginning Family History course – being held on Tuesdays between November 7 and December 5 at William Patrick Library – which will introduce participants to family history research, provide coverage of basic sources needed to build your family tree and explain how you can look further into the lives of your ancestors. The cost is £37.50 – call 0141 777 3143.