District gets set for Local History Week


KIRKINTILLOCH, Bishopbriggs and the surrounding villages are getting set to mark Local History Week.

Local groups have teamed up with East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust to stage this year’s event - taking place from March 3-10.

The celebrations launch with ‘The Romans’ day on Saturday, March 3, at Kirkintilloch’s Auld Kirk Museum.

The Antonine Guard re-enactment group will be there and children can try on Roman armour or togas and even make their own helmets.

Also on Saturday, March 3, William Patrick Library in Kirkintilloch will hold activity sessions for kids at 11am and 11.50am, featuring historical costumes and old toys.

Another highlight will be a guided tour of the Thomas Muir Heritage Trail on Saturday, March 10, starting at Cadder Church, in Bishopbriggs, at 1.30pm and taking in local places associated with the ‘Father of Scottish Democracy’.

Lennoxtown Library is also on board - marking the publication of Campsie Local History Group’s latest booklet ‘Traditional Games and Pastimes’ at 3pm on Monday, March 5.

Torrance Local History Group’s contribution will be a sports afternoon at the village’s Caldwell Halls on Saturday, March 10, at 2pm. This event will focus on the history of local sports and leisure activities.

Councillor Amanda Stewart, chairperson of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “Local History Week is an important event in the calendar and a great way for local groups to highlight their history.

“There are so many exciting activities happening over the course of the week and we would encourage people to come along and learn more about the history on their doorstep.”

Meanwhile, at William Patrick Library from March 3-April 2, there will be an exhibition marking the sporting achievement of local people entitled ‘The Kirkintilloch Olympians’.

A full list of events is available at libraries or online at www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk