Paisley & District

Local History 2019

What we did in 2019!

January
Our group had a very interesting tour at Kelvin Hall, which now houses much of the city's social history collection. Laura McDonald, our guide for the day, gave us an interesting and informative tour. She had also looked out some items relevant to our areas of interest for us to peruse. The National Archives of Scotland Film collection is also available to view at Kelvin Hall, and although we didn't have enough time to sample this on our visit, it's certainly something to consider for the future.

February
Schooldays from the late 1920's to the end of the Second World War presented by our guest speaker, Angela Sandland.

March
Our group enjoyed a very interesting and informative get-together on Monday 25th March where we learned about the buildings and social history of the Townhead section of Paisley High Street. This was the second of these High Street sessions and was again expertly led by one of our group members, David Roberts

April
Our group enjoyed a really interesting tour of Greenock town centre courtesy of the Inverclyde Heritage Group. Highlights included the interior of the Town Hall, the excellent Fire Brigade Museum and a brief walking tour of the town centre during which our guides pointed out a number of monuments and buildings of historic interest.

May
(Thursday,16th May at 2pm) Glasgow Central Station tour This tour was very well received and there was more demand than space available so we may re-visit this one at some future date.

June
Unfortunately we had to cancel out visit to the Glasgow Museum Resource centre but plan to put this back in the diary later in the year.

July & August - SUMMER RECESS

Sep
Coats & Clark - The History that Binds
Many thanks to our presenter Valerie Riley. This was a joint session with Glasgow West End U3A group.
As always we had an excellent afternoon which included a very informative presentation from Valerie along with a lively question and answer session.

Oct
Paisley Museum Project. James McQuire from the Museum Reimagined Team came along to give us an update on the progress of the project. His focus is mainly on the content/displays so this did generate a lot of debate.

Nov
Some of us joined the Glasgow W/E history group for a presentation on the Necropolis. This talk from one of the Friends of the Necropolis was very well received and we are considering a guided tour at some future date if there is enough interest. £110 was raised on the day and this will be used towards the renovation of the Monteath Mausoleum.