Carsphairn Archive

Browse Exhibits (28 total)

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    30th Anniversary of Carsphairn Heritage Centre

    Carsphairn Heritage Centre was opened on 18th April 1992 to provide exhibtion space and safe storage for our archive.

    This is a brief look at years past and the people who have made the Centre the success it still is today.

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    All About Ewe

    The Story of Sheep - Past, Present and Future

    Sheep, sheep farming and shepherding have been important local industries for many year, continuing to this day.

    This is a digital production of the exhibition shown in 1998 and scanned by volunteers in October 2019.

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    Bunty Scott

    A collection of poetry and other writings by Bunty Scott who was born in 1924 in the remote hills where Ayrshire and Galloway meet.

    Bunty Scott went on to create wonderful word images of the wildlife, her family and her reminiscences using Lallans words to bring the subjects to life.

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    Captured on Camera

    This is a digital representation of the slides made by Stewartry Museum of some of our early photos, exhibited in 1995.

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    Carsfad Murder, 1862

    The tragic sequence of events which led to the last public execution of a female in Scotland - 27 year old Mary Timney of Carsphad (Carsfad).

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    Carsphairn Burns Suppers

    Carsphairn has held an annual Burns Supper since 1969. This is a collection of photos from some of these suppers, with information about the perfomers where know.

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    Carsphairn Kirk - A Church in the Heart of The Hills

    This is a digital reproduction of our exhibition shown in 1990 in Lagwyne Hall and 2015 at The Heritage Centre.

    Although 2015 was the bicentenary year of the present Church in Carsphairn, its roots began at a much earlier date. A number of early crosses, found in and around the area, hint at an early Church presence in the parish, but it was with the building of the first Church on the current site in 1636 that our story begins.

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    The subject of clogmaking was presented as part of our Crafts, Trades and Skills exhibition in 1994.

    We are grateful to the late Godfrey Smith for lending us the items shown here.

    Godfrey sadly passed away in 2015. You can read a tribute to him here. He was Scotland's last clog maker.

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    Crafts, Trades and Skills

    A look at the crafts, trades and skills which existed in Carsphairn 100 years ago.

    This is a digital reproduction of the exhibition shown in 1994 in the Heritage Centre, scanned by volunteers on 30th OCtober 2019.

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    Exhibition of Objects

    Some of our collection of objects ranging from wartime, through farming to fashion.

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    Flora and Fauna of Carsphairn

    1992 the Heritage Group along with pupils from Carsphairn Primary School presented an exhibition of slides depicting many varieties and species of flora and fauna found in and around Carsphairn.

    In this digital exhibition (scanned on 30th October 2019) we attempt to show you a flavour of the original presentation.

    Some slides are yet to be located and we will add these at a later date.

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    Glenkens Schools over the Centuries

    This is a digital reproduction of our exhibition shown in 2002 at The Heritage Centre and scanned by volunteers on 19th February 2020.

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    Kenneth McAlpine Heritage Walks

    Kenneth McAlpine is a long-standing supporter of Carsphairn Heritage Group and a lover of hill-walking, he now lives in Ayr.

    Many thanks to Ken for sharing his work and for his kind permission in allowing us to display his images on our Archive.

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    Kirkyard Inscriptions

    Inscriptions on memorials to be found in Carsphairn Kirkyard.

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    Leadmining at Woodhead

    This is a digital representation of an amalgamation of several exhibitions featuring the Woodhead Leadmines.

    The lead mines has been a popular topic over the years, featuring in at least 5 exhibtions and several Group Newsletters.

    It was scanned by volunteers in October 2019.

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    Legacies from the Loft

    A digital reproduction of our 2011 exhibition featuring objects from history.

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    List of CHG Exhibitions

    Carsphairn Heritage Group researched, curated and displayed a yearly exhibition between 1986 and 2019.

    We are in the process of digitising all our past exhibition and making them available online.

    You can find them under the Online Exhibitions tab above or in the table on the following page, along with a collection of the professionally designed leaflets used to advertise the exhibitions.

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    Local Tales and Legends ... and Spooky Stories

    This is a digital reproduction of our 1988 and 2016 exhibitions, scanned by volunteers on 30th October 2019.

    The original exhibition was shown in Lagwyne Hall and was accompanied by two booklets. The 2016 exhibition followed similar stories with some new additions.

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    Martin Family Photos

    A collection of photos of the Carsphairn Martin family, kindly donated by a descendant in Canada.

    If you known any of the un-named people, please get in touch and let us know!

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    Our collection of Heritage Group Newsletters from Winter 1988 to Autumn 2017.

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    One Hundred Years a Hero - Lt Col William Hew Clark Kennedy VC

    This is a digital reproduction of our annual exibition displayed in the Spring/Summer of 2018 at Carsphairn Heritage Centre.

    The year marked the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, ending World War I.

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    Robbie Murray

    Robert (Robbie) Murray was a shepherd on the Forrest Estate (near Polharrow, just outside St Johns Town of Dalry). He was also a talanted poet, musician, singer and artist and a well-liked character across the Glenkens.

    We are privileged to hold a collection of his music, poems and personal effects.

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    Robin Ade Collection

    Robin Ade is a local artist, illustrator and author. Robin has been a great supporter and contributor to Carsphairn Heritage Group from its inception in 1987.

    Robin has created a vast number of hand-drawn illustrations over the last thirty-plus years and the Group are delighted to be able to share his collection with you via this archive.

    Robin’s work is extremely precious to Carsphairn Heritage Group and we are grateful for his long and loyal dedication. We express our sincere thanks to Robin for his kind permission to display this collection.

    We hope you enjoy his work.

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    Spitfire AD 540 Blue Peter

    Spitfire AD 540 Blue Peter crashed in 1942 on the slopes of Cairnsmore of Carsphairn. The pilot P.O. David Hunter Blair was sadly killed and his body was found on Dugland Hill.

    After a long search, the remains of the aircraft were recovered by Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum in 1993. The event was filmed by the children's TV programme which shared the Spitfire's name.

    This is a digital representation of the exhibtion shown in Carsphairn Heritage Centre in 2000.

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    The Last Spinner of Carsphairn

    A digital version of our 2019 exhibition which was presented at 'Worldwide Spin in Public Day' at the Heritage Centre on 21 September 2019

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    The Library

    Our collection of books which are in the public domain and available to download.

    These include:

    • entire books by local authors
    • chapbooks
    • poems
    • music scores
    • bookplates and inscriptions.
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    These Four Walls - Building Memories of a Community

    This is a digital reproduction of our exhibition shown in 2017 at The Heritage Centre. It was scanned by volunteers on 30th October 2019.

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    Wildlife of the Glenkens

    A carefully observed and meticulously recorded study of the Wildlife in the Glenkens....

    Painstakingly executed by Sue Wiseman - 2002

    Sue is a long-standing supporter of Carsphairn Heritage Group and former committee member. Her wonderful artwork and humourous observations have helped illustrate many exhibitions. We are forever grateful for her unrivalled talent. This exhibition is a dedication to her work.