Exhibition will take you on a journey back in time
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.