Presentation to The Park Centre: Thursday 12th April 2018

In 2017, the membership of the Society approved a proposal by the committee to make a donation to a deserving local charity or cause. The Park Centre's proposed purchase of a defibrillator was the overwhelming choice of the membership as it was perceived to be an asset to the community of users of the premises. 

The presentation was made to Mr David Clark of The Park Centre's Board of Directors at the Society's well attended Annual General Meeting on Thursday 12th April, 2018. In receiving the donation, Mr Clark thanked the Society but also pointed out that he hoped that it would be a long time before the defibrillator ever needs to be used! 

Dr Ivan Ruddock, the Society's President, presents a cheque to Mr David
Clark (right), a member of The Park Centre's Board of Directors, as a
contribution to the cost of its defibrillator. (© I.S.Ruddock)

Annual General Meeting: Thursday 12th April 2018

This session's Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 12th April 2018 at 7.30 pm. It is the opportunity for all members to have their say in the running of the Society. Its activities since the last AGM will be reviewed, the accounts will be presented for approval and the membership of the committee - for which nominations are sought for the current vacancies - will be reviewed.

During the course of the evening, the Society also hopes to present its contribution to the cost of The Park Centre's defibrillator to a representative of the charity. And as this is the last meeting in the 2017-18 programme, it is also a convenient opportunity for making any outstanding payments for this year's Summer Outing to Dunfermline.

The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Cottage and Museum (behind),
Dunfermline. (© I.S.Ruddock)
All evening meetings of the Society are at 7.30 pm in the Park Centre, 45 Kerr Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1LF.

UPDATE: Prof. Gerard Carruthers: Editing Robert Burns for the 21st century: Thursday 1st March 2018

Due to the heavy snow caused by the "Beast from the East", the Society's  meeting on Thursday 1st March has been CANCELLED. However, the Society is pleased to announce that the talk by Prof. Gerard Carruthers is only being POSTPONED by one week and will now be delivered on THURSDAY 9th MARCH - weather permitting - in The Park Centre at the usual time of 7.30 pm.

Phone boxes, pillar boxes and others - the Lion Foundry's contribution to the visual world: Auld Kirk Museum, Barony Chambers, 2.00 pm Wednesday 7th March 2018

Each year the Society hosts an event in the programme of East Dunbartonshire's Local History Week. In 2018 it will be "Phone boxes, pillar boxes and others: the Lion Foundry's contribution to the visual world". It will be presented in The Barony Chambers at Kirkintilloch's Auld Kirk Museum on Wednesday 7th March at 2.00 pm. The presentation will aim to show the impact that the Lion Foundry has had on streetscapes in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. The full Local History Week  programme can be downloaded here.

Lion Foundry products in Kirkintilloch's Peel Park. (© I.S.Ruddock)

Prof. Gerard Carruthers: Editing Robert Burns for the 21st century: Thursday 1st March 2018

Professor Gerard Carruthers holds the Francis Hutcheson Chair of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. He is an authority on Scottish literature of the 17th-20th centuries, on which he has published many books, articles and essays. A major activity at the present time is as General Editor of the Oxford University Press multi-volume edition of the Works of Robert Burns. He has many other academic interests. In East Dunbartonshire he is well known for his research into the life of Thomas Muir of Huntershill, the prominent Scottish radical of the 1790s. He is also one of the instigators and leaders of a significant project The People's Voice, to study 'Scottish political poetry, song and the franchise, 1832-1918'.

Prof. Gerard Carruthers. (© Univ. of Glasgow)
Alexander Nasmyth's portrait of Robert Burn.
(National Galleries Scotland; photograph © I.S.Ruddock)

All evening meetings of the Society are at 7.30 pm in the Park Centre, 45 Kerr Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1LF. 

Report on Members’ Night: Members' Collections: 15th February 2018

The Society’s annual Members’ Night was held on Thursday 15th February with “Members Collections” as this year’s topic. A total of twelve members contributed by bringing along items representing their collections and they made the meeting one of the most successful in recent years, despite the rather cramped space available. The evening began by the participants each being given a couple of minutes to describe their collections and how they started them. There was then three quarters of an hour for the Society's members to tour the exhibition and examine the material and engage with the exhibitors. Members' Night 2018 was rounded off in a very appropriate fashion by the Society’s guest of honour - Mr Peter McCormack, East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture's Museums Development Officer – who played the role of exhibition critic or cultural commentator. He discussed the underlying themes of the collections and linked them to his own views on collecting in an entertaining way. 
Peter McCormack addressing Members' Night.
(© I.S.Ruddock)
Below are photographs of each of the displays on show.

Family genaelogy. (© I.S.Ruddock)

Football programmes. © I.S.Ruddock)
Victorian memorabilia found during
renovation of a cottage. (© I.S.Ruddock)

Printing memorabilia. (© I.S.Ruddock)

Various small china items.(© I.S.Ruddock)
Stones and minerals. (© I.S.Ruddock)

A collection of books related to First World
War poets and poetry. (© I.S.Ruddock)

Part of a large collection of books on Arran.
(© I.S.Ruddock)
Some hand knitted figures from a large
collection. (© I.S.Ruddock)

Biographies of the WW1 casualties listed on
Coatbridge's War Memorial.
(© I.S.Ruddock)

A small sample from a large collection of
scrapbooks of newspaper cuttings.
(© I.S.Ruddock)
1950s Hornby O Gauge locomotives, rolling
stock and other items, and a selection of the
first 1000 Penguin books.(© I.S.Ruddock)