Past comes to life at ex­hi­bi­tion

Cam­bus­lang his­tory in spot­light

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

Cam­bus­lang’s proud his­tory is be­ing brought to vivid life this week­end with a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion in the town’s In­sti­tute.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the part­ner­ship be­tween South La­nark­shire Coun­cil and the Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park in se­cur­ing the ren­o­va­tion of the park, the Friends group was again ap­proached by the coun­cil with a view to form­ing a fur­ther part­ner­ship with a lo­cal his­tory project be­ing un­der­taken in con­junc­tion with the ren­o­va­tion of Cam­bus­lang In­sti­tute.

An ap­pli­ca­tion to the Her­itage Lot­tery for a grant was suc­cess­ful, with an award of £56,000, to cre­ate the Cam­bus­lang Her­itage Group.

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 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.

“News­pa­pers, an­nual re­ports and var­i­ous sta­tis­ti­cal re­turns were also stud­ied.”

Pic­tured here are three of the rare images from the 1890s and early 1900s, which were found as part of a dis­cov­ery of 150 pri­vately taken pho­to­graphs, held by the pho­tog­ra­pher’s grand­son. Or­gan­is­ers are un­able to show all of the images, with the Re­former be­ing given ex­clu­sive ac­cess to some of those which aren’t go­ing to be dis­played

Nor­man ex­plained: “A fur­ther stroke of luck arose through one of our mem­bers, who, via a con­tact, helped to se­cure a part­ner­ship ar­range­ment be­tween the group and Glas­gow Kelvin Col­lege.

“The stu­dents are pro­duc­ing eight short videos cov­er­ing the eight sub­jects, with in­ter­views us­ing mem­bers of the group, and vis­ual ma­te­rial. They will form part of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“The col­lege stu­dents are also con­struct­ing eight dis­play units for the pre­sen­ta­tion of the ma­te­rial. Fi­nally, stu­dents from the photography course will be keep­ing a record of the event.”

The whole project comes un­der the Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park ban­ner.

Nor­man added: “As be­fore, a hall­mark has been the part­ner­ship ar­range­ments which link the lo­cal com­mu­nity to the coun­cil and to the world of fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion. Hope­fully in the end ev­ery­one wins.”

The event has free en­try, and there will also be a free tea­room run­ning through­out the day.

Down mem­ory lane Cot­tages at the Cairns Sta­bles, where the Tanzieknowe area is in Cam­bus­lang

The won­der­ful Clyde The River Clyde at Cam­bus­lang, op­po­site Carmyle, in the late 1890s

Stunning Gil­bert­field Cas­tle in Cam­bus­lang, pic­tured in the late 1890s

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