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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.

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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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February Open Meeting

The next Open Meeting is on February 24 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm. Sue Furness and Fiona Jackson will talk on 'Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers'.

Winter Talks 2015-16

  • Wednesday September 30 2015 — Melissa Simpson: Hermitage Park: past, present and future
  • Wednesday October 28 — AGM at 7pm; Fraser Noble of McGruers: My family has been building boats since the 11th Century
  • Wednesday November 25 — Sir Malcolm Colquhoun and James Pearson: The Clan Colquhoun and the History of Helensburgh

  • Wednesday January 27 2016 — Lachie Munro: The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland
  • Wednesday February 24 — Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson: Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers
  • Wednesday March 30 — Fiona Baker: Boutcher's Banks — the Genesis of Helensburgh?

Meetings are normally in the upstairs room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm.

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