Food for thought at Local History Week

The theme for this year’s Local History Week is Celebrate Food and Drink and all members of the local community are encouraged to take part.

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

A whole range of events celebrating East Dunbartonshire’s rich history, from food and drink in Roman times to local inns and cafes have been organised at venues across the area.

The William Patrick Library in Kirkintillioch will host A Taste of Strathkelvin’s Past from March 7 to 4 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.

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 to 14 March 14. Go along to the museum on Saturday,

March 7 between 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm to learn about food and drink in Roman times with a presentation by a member of the Antonine Guard.

The Barony Chambers, Kirkintilloch will host Meals on Reels on Monday, March 9, at 2pm. The programme features archive film footage from Scottish Screen that tells the story of Scotland’s Food and Drink. To book, please phone 0300 123 4510 or email

Alison Irvine, EDLC’s Reader in Residence, will be at various libraries during the week to collect and display all your family favourites, or you can leave a story and recipe at any of the libraries throughout the week and they will be added to the display.

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

Enjoy a free glass of wine from a country or two that Thomas Muir visited during his incredible journey, while local historian Don Martin explores and talks about the times of Thomas Muir of Huntershill through prints by celebrated 18th century artist and cartoonist John Kay. To book a place at the event being hosted by theThomas Muir Coffee Shop, 100 Crowhill Road, Bishopbriggs, please email or telephone 0141 772 7745.

Torrance Local History Group have organised an illustrated talk by local historian, John Hood, on Tuesday 10 March at 7.30pm which charts the rise, and eventual 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,”

Convener of Development and Regeneration, Councillor Alan Moir, said: “Local History Week offers a great opportunity for the people of East Dunbartonshire to discover more about the history of the area.

“There is something on for everyone so check out the programme online or get down to your local library to pick up a copy.”

For further information contact East Dunbartonshire Information & Archives on 0300 123 4510 or email: