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1   Link   Comet Bicentenary Website
2012 is the year of the bicentenary of Henry Bell's Comet's first voyage. Contains details of the celebrations on both sides of the Clyde, and much heritage material about Bell and the first commercial steamship in Europe.
2   Link   Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Veterans
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders is the local regiment for Helensburgh and Garelochside. This website, edited by burgh man Jim Chestnut, who served in the regiment for six years, gives past and present information.
3   Link   Hill House
The Hill House in Helensburgh is considered to be Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation. Sitting high above the Clyde, it is home to original Mackintosh furniture and interior design and also has attractive formal gardens.
4   Link   Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, architect of Hill House in Helensburgh, designer and artist is celebrated around the world as one of the most creative figures of the early 20th century. This site explores his creative genius.
5   Link   Arrochar Heritage Group
The website of the award winning Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui Heritage Group, with a wealth of local historical information.
6   Link   Arrochar Hidden Heritage Project
Community-led heritage project aims to uncover the hidden heritage of the strip of land between Arrochar and Tarbet, back to the Viking days.
7   Link   Baird Television
This website, edited by Heritage Trust hon president Professor Malcolm Baird and his son Iain, is about Helensburgh-born John Logie Baird (1888-1946), who was the first person in the world to demonstrate a working television system, in January 1926.
8   Link   Clyde Paddle Steamers
Comprehensive information about the famous paddle steamers of the Clyde, with many photographs.
9   Link   High Morlaggan
The website of the Morlaggan Rural Settlement Group, which is investigating a site near Arrochar which dates back to 1501.
10   Link   North Clyde Archaelogical Society
NCAS was formed in the summer of 2013 by Tam Ward and Sandra Kelly from Biggar Archaeology Group, and a local steering group. It holds lectures and excursions.
11   Link   The Neil Munro Society
The Neil Munro Society was founded in 1996 to encourage interest in the works of Helensburgh author Neil Munro (Hugh Foulis), creator of Para Handy and other books.
12   Link   Scottish Railway Preservation Society
The Society has the largest collection of locomotives, carriages, wagons, equipment and artefacts outside the National Railway Museum. It runs the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway, and day excursions over Britain's most scenic rail routes.
13   Link   Scottish Maritime Museum
The three sites operated by the Scottish Maritime Museum, including the Denny Tank Museum in Dumbarton, contain the exhibitions and collections which tell the story of Scotland's great maritime tradition.
14   Link   History of Helensburgh, Australia
A historical resource prepared by the Helensburgh Historical Society, New South Wales, Australia. The society is dedicated to the recording and preservation of the social history of Helensburgh and its environs.
15   Link   Vale of Leven History Project
Historical, information and reference website for the towns and villages of the Vale of Leven.
16   Link   Historic Dumfries House
Dumfries House is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets. Built from 1754-60 by the Adam brothers for the 5th Earl of Dumfries, it has a unique collection of Chippendale furniture.
17   Link   Baltersan Castle
Website about an Ayrshire castle edited by James Brown FSAScot, historical researcher, tour guide, public speaker, who has a particular interest in Helensburgh in the early 19th century.
18   Link   Secret Scotland
Secret Scotland aims to provide a common resource where secret, hidden or otherwise notable points of interest around Scotland may be recorded and shared.
19   Link   Historic Scotland
Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government and is charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment and promoting its understanding and enjoyment on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
20   Link   The Scottish Oral History Group
This central body for oral history in Scotland since 1978 provides a forum for communication, news, views, information and advice.
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First 2016 Open Meeting

r.b.cunninghame-graham-wThe first Open Meeting of 2016 is on January 27 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm, when Lachie Munro will describe 'The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland'.

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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Scottish Charity