Images of the past
Heritage group unearth pictures
The Reformer is taking readers on a trip back in time this week – as we present some stunning images from a bygone era.
Last year, a private collection of stunning neverbefore- scenes from the town’s past were discovered by the Cambuslang Heritage Group.
The group was working on a Heritage Lottery funded two- year local history project, which was held in the Cambuslang Institute in May to great acclaim.
A local resident had in his possession pictures taken by his grandfather, a keen amateur photographer, showing life in Cambuslang at the end of the 19th century up to the early 1920s.
The pictures were immaculately preserved as glass plates, and a member of the heritage group – himself a keen photographer – was able to digitally clean the images up and restore them to their full glory. A few of these pictures have been used in previous publications.
However, the majority had not been seen for well over 100 years
Many of the images were presented for show at the exhibition, and this week, Norman Rae from the heritage group provided the Reformer with many of these, to be seen by the wider public who may not have been able to attend at the Institute.
He said: “We were delighted to have been entrusted with these stunning pictures, which show a Cambuslang which you wouldn’t necessarily recognise right away.
“It’s a fascinating look into the past.
“And it’s an incredible thought that everyone in these pictures from so long ago has now passed away.
“The pictures were greatly appreciated, and it’s nice to be able to share these with the good people who read the Reformer.”