Doors Open: Saturday 7th September 2019

Doors Open Day for 2019 in East Dunbartonshire is Saturday 7th September and Kirkintilloch and District Society of Antiquaries will again be participating. The Society will have a display in Kirkintilloch Town Hall (10am - 4pm) of historic photographs and information on its activities, while at 2pm there will be a guided walk around Kirkintilloch's Auld Aisle Cemetery. During the walk, the significance of the belfry will be explained, the backgrounds of some of the personalities buried there will be given and the Spider Bridge, which used to span part of the cemetery, will be described. Intending participants on the walk should assemble at 2pm at the cemetery's main entrance at the top of Auld Aisle Road off Waterside Road.

The full programme for this year's Doors Open Day in East Dunbartonshire may be found by clicking here.

The belfry at the entrance to the Auld Aisle Cemetery. (© I.S.Ruddock)

Report on the Summer Outing: Saturday 1st June 2019

On Saturday 1st June at noon, 30 members and guests set off on the Society's annual Summer Outing – this year to Dundee to visit Discovery Point and the V&A. Arrival at the museums at 1.45pm gave us three hours to explore both locations in the good weather which lasted all day.

The V&A and RSS Discovery in Dundee. (© I.S.Ruddock)

Discovery Point features both an extensive exhibition on Polar exploration and the RSS Discovery. The latter, launched in 1901 in Dundee, was the last three masted wooden ship to be built in the United Kingdom and carried Scott and Shackleton on 1901-04 British National Antarctic Exhibition. After further scientific voyages and a period as a merchant ship, it ended its days as a training base on the Thames before being brought back to Dundee in 1986 for preservation and restoration. The two elements of Discovery Point combine to tell a fascinating story that one can only get a flavour of in the couple of hours available during an afternoon visit.

Participants on the Outing in front of the
RSS Discovery. (© I.S.Ruddock)
Members of the Society outside the
V&A, Dundee. (© I.S.Ruddock)

Members were advised to make their way across to the adjacent V&A at about 3.30pm to see the building and to view the permanent Scottish Design Gallery. This gallery provides a representative cross-section of Scottish arts and crafts including silverware, furniture, fashion, engineering and the media and was of such a scale that it could be comfortably browsed in the time available on the Outing. 

The atrium of the V&A Dundee: can you spot any members of the Society?
(© I.S.Ruddock)

An enjoyable afternoon was completed with dinner at the King Robert Hotel, Bannockburn, following which the group returned to Kirkintilloch soon after the scheduled time of 8.15pm.

Some of the Society members and guests who went on the 2019 Outing.
(© I.S.Ruddock)

The Society's Data Protection Policy

At the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 11th April 2019, committee member Louise Nixon gave a short presentation on the Society's new Privacy Policy. She had recently written the document in her role as Data Protection Officer to ensure that the Society complies with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR) which relates to the handling and security of personal data.

The Privacy Policy describes members' rights under GDPR, the type of data collected by the Society, and how it is stored and used. It also discusses the Society's website, the issue of photographs taken during Society events and how a member may complain to the United Kingdom's Information Commissioner. 

All members should be aware of the Policy's content and can obtain a copy by clicking here.

Annual General Meeting: Thursday 11th April 2019

This session's Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 11th April 2019 at 7.30 pm and it is an opportunity for all members to have their say in the running of the Society. The various 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 confirmed. As this is the last meeting in the 2018-19 programme, it is also a convenient time to make any outstanding payments for this year's Summer Outing to Dundee.

Victoria and Albert Museum and the adjacent RSS Discovery, Dundee. (© I.S. Ruddock)
All evening meetings of the Society are at 7.30 pm in the Park Centre, 45 Kerr Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1LF.

Niall Logan: Duping the Luftwaffe - bomber decoys of World War II: Thursday 7th March 2019

Some cities of the United Kingdom were defended by decoy sites in which glowing lights or flames were used to give enemy aircraft the impression they were over the cities under attack when in reality they many miles away. In the case of Glasgow, these were located both north and south of the River Clyde.

Prof. Niall Logan is a member of the Society and has previously spoken to it on the boundary stones of Baldernock Parish. In this presentation he will describe the use of decoy sites and identify those nearby in the foothills of the Campsies.

On Sunday 3rd March, Niall will also lead a walk to the remains of a decoy site on Blairskaith Muir as part of the programme for EDLC's 2019 Local History Week. Full details are given in the Local History Week brochure which can be downloaded here from EDLC's website.

Niall Logan describing bomber decoys in the
Campsie Fells during a guided walk for members
of the Antiquaries in 2017. (© I.S. Ruddock) 
Evening meetings of the Society are at 7.30 pm in the Park Centre, 45 Kerr Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1LF. The annual membership subscription is £10 but visitors are welcome at all of the Society's evening meetings with a donation of £3.

Edward Z. Smith: A Waterside Miscellany: Auld Kirk Museum, Barony Chambers, 2.00 pm Wednesday 6th March 2019

Each year the Society hosts an event in the programme of East Dunbartonshire's Local History Week. In 2019, local man and photographer Edward Z. Smith will present "A Waterside Miscellany". The meeting will be held in The Barony Cambers at Kirkintilloch's Auld Kirk Museum on Wednesday 6th March at 2.00 pm and members and non-members are all welcome.

Stepping stones near Waterside. (© E.Z. Smith)