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Exhibition captures the past

Published Thursday, 09 March 2017

Strawberry Fields, Burnfoot, courtesy of Tom Clelland

An exhibition tracing the industrial, agricultural and horticultural heritage of the Clyde and Avon Valley opens this month.

Launching on Saturday 25 March at the Flowers of Scotland Garden Centre, Rosebank, the exhibition has been created from research undertaken by Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) Heritage volunteers during the Capturing the Past project.

The exhibition gives visitors the chance to put themselves in the shoes of the miners, fruit-pickers, brick-makers and many other people involved in local industries, who helped shape the landscape we know and love today.

Curated to evoke the meandering River Clyde, exhibits will include historic artefacts, recently fired Medieval style tiles, textiles, cyanotype photo montages and hanging displays. The artefacts will focus on orchards, glasshouses, brick and tile works, farming and the landscape around Chatelherault Country Park.

The team of volunteers have been working over many months to record and promote the heritage of their local communities. They have been engaged in weeks of archaeological survey, research and investigation. This end of project exhibition showcases the volunteer involvement in uncovering new material evidence of the past and applying new techniques and interpretative skills in relation to the sites.

Volunteers involved in the project have been exposed to all elements of archaeological fieldwork. In so doing, they have developed their understandings of what it means to be an archaeologist. This exhibition will include displays of the results of their experimental archaeology, such as Medieval tile firing, wool dying and historical cookery demos, undertaken to better understand and celebrate the industry and horticulture of the Clyde and Avon Valley.

The exhibition was created through the Capturing the Past project, led by CAVLP Heritage and managed by Northlight Heritage, with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund supported CAVLP and Historic Environment Scotland.

So please come along to support this free event at the Flowers of Scotland Garden Centre on Lanark Road, Rosebank, next to the Popinjay Hotel. It launches on Saturday 25 March 2017 and runs for two weeks up to and including Saturday 8 April 2017. It will be open daily from 9am to 5pm.

To find out more about CAVLP Heritage projects and how you can get involved, contact the team at cavlp.heritage@gmail.com. The current project, Local Landscape Heroes explores the people who both shaped, and were influenced by, the Clyde and Avon Valley. Follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/CAVLPHeritage or on Twitter @CAVLPHeritage.