Hunting treasures from times past

Kirkintilloch Town Hall in yesteryear.
Kirkintilloch Town Hall in yesteryear.

Treasures from times past are needed for what’s intended to be an inspirational attraction at Kirkintilloch Town Hall.

“Made in Kirkintilloch” is a project being led by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust which will create a heritage centre on the upper floor of the iconic building.

The aim is to transform Kirkintilloch Town Hall into a centre for heritage, arts, culture and community use by late summer next year.

The heritage centre is being supported by a programme of arts, creative and learning activities funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Made in Kirkintilloch aims to connect the local community with Kirkintilloch?s rich industrial heritage through the display and interpretation of museum and archive collections.

It will also develop an exciting programme of activities which will take inspiration from the town’s history.

This programme will work with a range of groups and schools across the community - incorporating the expertise of artists and heritage specialists.

There is also a chance for volunteers to get involved in the development of a flexible exhibition space, using their own material.

As part of the project, EDLC is appealing to the public for information, memories, photographs and objects which specifically relate to Kirkintilloch Town Hall and Lenzie’s Spider Bridge.

Councillor Anne Jarvis, EDLC Trust Chair, said, “Kirkintilloch has a rich industrial past - from the Lion Foundry and its iconic red telephone boxes to the world-famous Puffers which once sailed the Forth and Clyde Canal.

“Made in Kirkintilloch is an exciting project which aims to provide a fascinating glimpse into the history of the town - engaging with individuals, groups and schools across the community to uncover a treasure

trove of information and objects.

“I would urge everyone with memories, photos or items relating to Kirkintilloch Town Hall and the Spider Bridge to get in touch.”

You can get in touch by contacting Charlotte Johnston at email or call 0141 578 8729.