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Rosneath's American base

THE fascinating story of the Rosneath naval base in World War Two was outlined to members of Helensburgh Heritage Trust at their meeting in Helensburgh Tennis Club on Wednesday February 25 2009.

The guest speaker was peninsula man Dennis Royal, author of ‘United States Navy Base Two: Americans at Rosneath 1941-45’ and the man who led the successful campaign for a memorial — erected in 2000 — to the American and British forces who served or trained at Rosneath during that period.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 May 2010 07:56 )

 

A Traveller's Tales

GREAT stories and excellent photographs featured at the final 2008 open meeting of Helensburgh Heritage Trust in Helensburgh Tennis Club on Wednesday November 26.

The guest speaker was Marion Gillies, vice-chairman of Helensburgh Community Council and organiser of an exhibition in Helensburgh Library about the steamer Lucy Ashton earlier this year.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 May 2010 07:56 )

John Logie Baird Display

A professionally designed exhibit about John Logie Baird was installed in the library in West King Street in the spring of 2000.

The design is such that it can be moved and taken to another site when the Heritage Trust has premises of its own. The aim was to present an aspect of John Logie Baird which is rarely portrayed in all the writings about him.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 April 2010 15:21 )

Helensburgh Hospital door panel

IN the Helensburgh bicentenary year, 2002, a glass panel was spied at Edinburgh Architectural Salvage Yard by a Community Councillor who, on closer examination, saw that it had belonged to an early Helensburgh Hospital and notified the Trust.

A bargain was struck and the panel was bought by the Trust with the aim of carrying out necessary repairs and framing the panel in a light box.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 November 2014 17:19 )

Repairing Glen Fruin cairn

HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust learned that the cairn which commemorated the Battle of Glen Fruin on February 7 1603 was in a poor state — some of the lettering was either missing or defaced.

They decided to carry out repairs and contacted the Friends of Loch Lomond, Clan Gregor and British Petroleum, all of whom gave generously towards the repairs.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 May 2013 14:32 )

John Logie Baird Workshops

THE John Logie Baird workshops workshops were given to older primary school pupils in their own school.

They were funded by a grant of £4,000 to Helensburgh Heritage Trust from the "Awards for All" section of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and a grant of £3,000 from Strathclyde Science and Technology Forum. A small deficit was paid from the Heritage Trust funds.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 April 2010 15:23 )

Trust buys relic of old school

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 now it has been bought by Helensburgh Heritage Trust.

Antiquarian bookseller George Newlands, of McLaren Books in John Street, was offering for sale a manuscipt 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."

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 April 2010 15:30 )

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Final Open Meeting

John Hume-wThe final Open Meeting of the season will be on Wednesday March 29 at 7.30pm at the Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, Helensburgh. Professor John Hume willl speak on the history of some West Dunbartonshire churches.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • Wednesday October 26 — The Rev David Clark: Helensburgh Boys Brigade Centenary
  • Wednesday November 30 — Ian MacEachern: The Luss Slate Quarries

  • Wednesday January 25 2017 — Bill Anderson: The Anderson (Local Collection) Trust
  • Wednesday February 22 — Dr Andrew Bicker: Recent Archaelogical Discoveries on the West Coast of Scotland
  • Wednesday March 29 — Professor John Hume: West Dunbartonshire Churches and their history

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm prompt.

Charity Number

Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
SC024603