Ex­hi­bi­tion will take you on a jour­ney back in time

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Cam­bus­lang res­i­dents can step back in time to ex­plore the area’s past next week­end.

The Cam­bus­lang Her­itage Group, a sub-group of the Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park, was given an award of £56,000 by the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund to stage the event and their re­search.

Their work will be pre­sented to the public on Satur­day, May 16, from 1–5pm in the Cam­bus­lang In­sti­tute.

Nor­man Rae, who has been heav­ily in­volved with the study, said:“The two-year project started in March 2013, and the project fo­cused on the pe­riod cov­ered by three do­nated maps dat­ing from 1895, 1913 and 1938.

“The aim was to study th­ese maps, have them framed and re­late the maps to lo­cal his­tory and life dur­ing the 43 year pe­riod they cov­ered.

“There was also to be a study of the back­ground to the Cam­bus­lang Wark of 1742.

“The work on the project will end in May , with an ex­hi­bi­tion pre­sent­ing the find­ings.

“It was de­cided to con­cen­trate the study on eight sub­ject ar­eas.

“As well as the wark, th­ese were hous­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, shop­ping, in­dus­try and work, health and en­vi­ron­ment, recre­ation and en­ter­tain­ment and so­cial is­sues and living stan­dards.

“The group stud­ied back­ground ma­te­rial about life in and around Cam­bus­lang at the time.

“Lo­cal news­pa­pers, an­nual re­ports and var­i­ous sta­tis­ti­cal re­turns were also stud­ied.

The re­sult was the col­lec­tion of an enor­mous amount of in­for­ma­tion.

“There was, how­ever, a prob­lem, there was a marked short­age of vis­ual ma­te­rial. Then we had a stroke of luck.

“We heard that a Cam­bus­lang man had a large num­ber of old lo­cal pho­tos. In fact he had around 150 glass plates which had been used in Magic Lan­tern shows from the 1890s. They proved to be of ex­cel­lent qual­ity and we were able to pro­duce out­stand­ing dig­i­tal copies of them. Th­ese pho­tos, most of which have not been seen for well over 100 years, will form the core of the ex­hi­bi­tion.”

The group have also been as­sisted by Glas­gow Kelvin Col­lege, whose stu­dents are pro­duc­ing eight short videos cov­er­ing the eight sub­jects.

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