Focus on local history week

Old photos offer a glimpse into the past
Old photos offer a glimpse into the past

Local History Week kicks-off this Saturday with a range of fun and informative events featuring a tasty theme for all the family to enjoy.

The annual event, organised by East Dunbartonshire Libraries, is running from March 7 - March 14.

It will celebrate the area’s rich history of food and drink - from typical Roman snacks to more modern foodie treats.

William Patrick Library, in Kirkintilloch, will host ‘A Taste of Strathkelvin’s Past’ from March 7 to April 4.

The exhibition will include a display of photographs featuring the shops, cafes, tearooms, and public houses that fed and watered the community in days gone by.

Also highlighted are social gatherings, food and drink producers, the Temperance Movement, war-time rationing, and newspaper advertisements.

And a variety of vintage cookery booklets and cheese labels will be on display at ‘You Are What You Eat (and Drink)’, which is taking place at the Auld Kirk Museum from March 7-14.

On Saturday, March 7, there will also be a presentation about Roman food and drink by a member of the Antonine Guard in the museum from 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.

Meanwhile, next door at the Barony Chambers, there will be the chance to sample ‘Meals on Reels’ - a selection of archive film delights from Scottish Screen that tells the story of Scotland’s food and drink. To book, call 0300 123 4510 or email

In Bishopbriggs, the library will be hosting a display of archives from Sister Laura’s Infant Food Company, which was based at the town’s Springfield Works.

The company was started in 1911 by Sister Laura Smith, a nurse at Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital, Rottenrow. Sister Laura created a dietary supplement to combat malnutrition in babies and young children.

One of Bishopbriggs’ most famous sons, father of Scottish democracy Thomas Muir, will be the subject of a talk by local historian Don Martin at The Thomas Muir Coffee Shop, in Crowhill Road, on Thursday, March 12, from 7pm-9pm.

It will feature illustrations by celebrated 18th century artist and cartoonist John Kay and a free glass of wine from some of the countries visited by Thomas Muir.

To book a place email or telephone 0141 772 7745.

For keen horticulturists, Torrance Local History Group has organised an illustrated talk by local historian, John Hood, on Tuesday, March 10, in Victoria Bowling Club at 7.30pm. It will chart the rise, and decline, of tomato growing in Scotland - with particular emphasis on the local area.

Chair of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, Scott Hill, said: “By exploring the history of food and drink in East Dunbartonshire we can learn about our heritage in a fun and inspiring way.

“The full Local History Week 2015 programme is now available, detailing a wide range of activities and events across East Dunbartonshire throughout the week - exhibitions and displays, storytelling, talks, archive film shows, walks, children and families events, and more.“Look out for details in libraries and other cultural venues, and on the EDLC website,”