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Television is 90, by Malcolm Baird

JANUARY 26 2016 was the 90th anniversary of the first public demonstration of television by Helensburgh man John Logie Baird.

To mark the occasion his son, Professor Malcolm Baird, president of Helensburgh Heritage Trust, wrote an article looking back on the 90 years of UK television. It can be downloaded as a pdf from the Downloads area of this website, or can be viewed on the Baird Television website.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 February 2016 15:03 )

 

Baird TV anniversary marked

NINETY years ago yesterday John Logie Baird gave the first public demonstration of television.

John Beattie interviewed the inventor's grandson Iain Baird on Radio Scotland yesterday, and you can hear them at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06wcj42#play. The interview starts 50 minutes into the programme.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:34 )

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Chairman steps down

HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust has a new chairman.

At a Trust Board meeting at his home on January 18, Stewart Noble retired from the post after 19 years, and the directors elected the Rev David Clark (right) to succeed him.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 January 2016 16:57 )

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Hermitage Park grant approved

A £2.3m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to refurbish and redevelop Hermitage Park in Helensburgh has now been confirmed.

The grant will pay for about 75% of the project cost, with Argyll and Bute Council contributing £280,000 and the rest coming from other funders including the War Memorial Trust. Work is expected to start in the autumn and to be complete by the summer of 2018.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 January 2016 11:15 )

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Landmark for talking newspaper

FORTY YEARS ago during the last week of December, a group of Helensburgh people sat round a microphone and recorded an experimental version of a talking newspaper for the blind.

They were so successful that the experimental version actually became the first edition of Headline Helensburgh, the talking newspaper serving the blind and otherwise visually handicapped in Helensburgh and District.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:40 )

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Portkil clay pipe mystery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE REMAINS of an impressive tobacco bowl clay pipe are puzzling members of both the North Clyde Archaeological Society and Helensburgh Heritage Trust.

The pipe was one of a number of finds made by society members during excavations of a cave at Portkil, Kilcreggan.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:41 )

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Baird in engineering Hall of Fame

HELENSBURGH'S John Logie Baird, the man who was the first in the world to televise objects in motion, has been inducted into the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame.

Professor Malcolm Baird, the son of John Logie Baird and president of Helensburgh Heritage Trust, provided some original material for the Hall of Fame website.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 December 2015 17:22 )

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First Winter Open Meeting 2016-17

William-Leiper-1The first Open Meeting of the winter season will be on Wednesday September 28 at 7.30pm prompt at Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, when Ewan Kennedy will speak on 'The Leiper Legacy'.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • Wednesday October 26 — AGM at 7pm; The Rev David Clark: Helensburgh Boys Brigade Centenary
  • Wednesday November 30 — Ian MacEachern: The Luss Slate Quarries

  • Wednesday January 25 2017 — Bill Anderson: The Anderson (Local Collection) Trust
  • Wednesday February 22 — Dan Atkinson: The Samphire Project — marine archaeology in Argyll
  • Wednesday March 29 — Professor John Hume: West Dunbartonshire Churches and their history

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm prompt.

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