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£1million desk and chair on display

A STUNNING writing desk and its high-backed chair are on display together in Hill House in Helensburgh for the first time for decades — but only until the end of October.

The desk, worth at least £1 million, was designed in 1904 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Walter Blackie, the mansion’s owner, and is made from ebonised oak decorated with mother of pearl.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 28 April 2012 10:47 )

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Arrochar painting on sale

AN 1875 Loch Longside painting will be on show and on sale at a Glasgow gallery's latest exhibition from April 27 to May 23.

Last Updated ( Friday, 13 April 2012 13:08 )

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Trust displays its original paintings

THE annual exhibition of paintings from the Anderson Trust Local Collection is now on display in Helensburgh Library in West King Street.

It is thirty years since this collection was bequeathed to Helensburgh by Annie (Nance) Templeton Anderson MBE and a Trust established to manage it.

Last Updated ( Friday, 13 April 2012 13:14 )

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Antiques Roadshow seeks help

AN article on this website about the Helensburgh woman who taught the Queen to drive has caught the attention of the popular BBC TV series Antiques Roadshow.

Sophie Wogden from the BBC in Bristol emailed: "I work as a researcher on the Antiques Roadshow and I am currently putting together stories for a special ‘Royal edition’ of the programme.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 March 2012 12:33 )

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Burgh artists work was on sale

WORKS by three important artists with strong Helensburgh connections were on display at a Glasgow gallery recently.

Paintings by Norah Neilson Gray, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and James Whitelaw Hamilton were included in the Glasgow Boys & Glasgow Girls exhibition at Ewan Mundy Fine Art, 211 West George Street.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 March 2012 18:24 )

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Henry Bell and the Comet

2012 was the year of the bicentenary of Henry Bell's Comet steamship, and the Comet Bicentenary Committee set up by Helensburgh Heritage Trust organised first a website and then the celebrations themselves.

It has been agreed to keep the Comet website online until 2015, but all the material which is on that website, including many heritage articles about Bell himself and the vessel, an excerpt from the 1897 book 'Annals of Garelochside' by W.C.Maughan, and a feature by Bell's biographer, the late Brian D.Osborne, has been copied to the Henry Bell section of this website.

All appropriate images from the past and the celebrations have also been copied to the Photo Gallery on this website, with an album devoted to the subject.

The Trust is in the process of preparing a dvd of Henry Bell material for use in local schools.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 May 2013 17:16 )

Burgh writers contribute to new book

TWO Helensburgh writers have contributed to a new book published by Clydebank Life Story Group.

Entitled 'Write on Time', it contains 87 pages of stories, rhymes and poems, many of them illustrated, from members and associate members of the group, and it is their fifth book.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 February 2012 18:48 )

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Winter Open Meetings 2015-16

A new series of six Winter Open Meetings will begin on Wednesday September 30 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm.

Further meetings will be held on the last Wednesdays of October, November, January 2016, February and March.

The speakers programme will be published as soon as it is available.