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Call for district MAEE memorial

IN RECENT years the veil of secrecy over the work of RAF Helensburgh during World War Two has gradually been lifted.

Now much more is known about the hard work, scientific brilliance and, at times, sacrifices and heroism of the men and women who worked for the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Rhu, Helensburgh and Glen Fruin.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 February 2013 11:45 )

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Anderson Trust: the New Elizabethans

EACH year Helensburgh Library succeeds in dispelling winter blues with another colourful exhibition of works from the Anderson Trust Local Collection — and the latest has just opened.

The entire collection now numbers over 90 works of local interest and each exhibition is designed to focus on a different theme, often determined by subject matter. This time the selection has been made by date, and concentrates on works created within the last 50 years.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 03 February 2013 19:08 )

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Hidden Heritage project starts soon

ARROCHAR'S Hidden Heritage project will be getting underway in just a few weeks.

Entitled ‘The Hidden Heritage of a Landscape: Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers’, the project is community-led and will use popular interest in Viking history to involve local people.

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 January 2013 10:16 )

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Plate sparked MacNicol mystery

AN expert on Scottish pottery has come up with a mystery with Helensburgh connections.

Heather R.Jack, president of the Scottish Pottery Society, contacted the Heritage Trust about her search for information about Annie Primrose MacNicol, who had several connections with the area.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 January 2013 16:20 )

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Trust to research World War Two

HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust is one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories grant, it was announced yesterday.

The Trust's exciting project, "The Helensburgh Area in the Second World War", has been given £3,000 to record the memories of people who lived in the area during the war.

Last Updated ( Monday, 07 January 2013 19:02 )

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BBC TV featured MAEE memories

THE Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment in Helensburgh and Rhu during the Second World War featured on BBC-1 TV during Remembrance Week . . . for the second time.

Last year BBC1 TV told the story of Pyro, the cat that flew with Bob Bird, the MAEE photographer, in a special edition of the Antiques Roadshow, and this year they interviewed Mrs Frances A.McLaren, a former MAEE scientific assistant, for a programme which was broadcast at 9.15 am on Tuesday November 6.

Last Updated ( Friday, 23 November 2012 19:04 )

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New steamers history launched

A NEW history of the steamers, ferries and personalities — including Henry Bell — that have served the Clyde resorts since 1812 has just been published.

It is entitled ‘Pleasures of the Firth: 200 Years of Clyde Steamers’, and author Andrew Clark, a Financial Times journalist, tells the colourful story from the first steamer, Henry Bell’s Comet, in 1812 to the present day.

Last Updated ( Friday, 02 November 2012 14:09 )

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Next Open Meeting

Parkhead-wIan McKellar will talk about Parkhead and its garden at Rosneath, which he has restored, at Helensburgh Tennis Club on Wednesday November 26 at 7.30pm. Non-members are most welcome.

Winter Talks 2014-15

  • Wednesday September 24 2014 — Peter McCaughey: Establishing Helensburgh's Open Air Museum
  • Wednesday October 29 — AGM at 7pm; Robert Layden: The 9th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in World War One
  • Wednesday November 26 — Ian McKellar: Parkhead and the Garden, Rosneath       

  • Wednesday January 28 2015 — Michael Gallagher: Reinventing Ruins — stories from Kilmahew and St Peter's Seminary
  • Wednesday February 25 — Tam Ward: Recent Discoveries by the North Clyde Archaelogical Society
  • Wednesday March 25 — Michael Davis: Curious Interconnections of the Mansions of Cowal

All meetings are in the upstairs meeting room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm

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