HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust has launched a fund so that it can purchase local artefacts.
The board of the Trust approved the plan at a meeting on Thursday August 14 2008, and already the fund has attracted a few donations.
Recently the Trust acquired two items felt to be part of the town's heritage so that they could remain available for local view.
The first was a bench from the old Helensburgh Station, which became available when the Church of Scotland closed Clyde View Eventide Home where the bench had provided a resting place in the garden for residents. It has now been lent to First Scotrail, refurbished, and placed in the ticket office foyer at the Central Station.
In the week that the new Hermitage Academy at Colgrain was officially opened on June 4 2008, a book about a much older Helensburgh school came to light and was bought by the Trust.
Antiquarian bookseller George Newlands, of McLaren Books in John Street, offered for sale a manuscript notebook about the establishment of Helensburgh's first school. The first page carries the note: “The Schoolhouse being ready and entered into upon July 3 1805.”
Said a Trust spokesman: “We want to be in a position where we can react quickly if appropriate items come on the market, so that when the day comes when we have a local Heritage Centre, they can be exhibited.