After a meeting with Geraldine Green the new Visual Arts and Exhibitions Co-ordinator with East Ayrshire Leisure, we can confirm that the Cumnock2016 Exhibition is to launch in mid August and run until November 2016 at the Baird Museum and Gallery in Lugar Street, Cumnock. The exhibition is a selection of modern photographs that many local people have taken over the past year as part of our Cumnock2016 Flickr group. Themes will include; People at Work; Family Life; Buildings, Shops and Streets; Cumnock’s Green Spaces; Celebrations; Now and Then showing old Victorian photographs alongside the same places today. There will also be a series of history workshops, talks and family events throughout the three months that the exhibition is showing.
View galleries here www.flickr.com/photos/131272167@N03/galleries/
Ian McMurdo gave a gripping and very interesting introduction to his new book Knockshinnoch: The Greatest Mines Rescue in History. A minute-by-minute account of the Knockshinnoch colliery disaster of 7 September 1950. 116 miners were rescued after having endured three days buried underground. We were very lucky to have Dan Park as a fellow speaker who at the age of 18 volunteered as a recuer at Knockshinnock at the time of the disaster and his recounting of events over that week were truly facinating.
Upcoming Meetings and Speakers
July & August
CHG Summer Break – no meetings
Thursday 15th September
Donald L Reid – presents his best-selling book The Last Miners of Ayrshire's Doon Valley. If you love Ayrshire and particularly the Doon Valley, this book is a 'must have.' Some of the mining reminiscences would make you weep as you read about lads as young as 13 dying in the coal mines in 1906.
Thursday 20th October
Dr James A Begg – presents an illustrated talk on the family research that led to his Scots historical novel The Man's the Gowd - on the hard lives and struggles to survive of the common folk of upland Ayrshire over 300 years from the Covenanters to the start of the 20th Century.
Thursday 17th November
Dr Fred Freeman – presents the songs of Robert Burns. Fred is professor of Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow. There will be musical accompaniment and some communal singing!
All meetings start at 7pm in the Ceremony Suite of Rothesay House in Greenholm Road, Cumnock.
Elevation drawings of the Square from RD Hunter's office - kindly donated by Shaw Solicitors.
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