Reel History at Girvan Library

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From coal mining via seaside holidays through to the 1977 Silver Jubilee and this year’s Royal Wedding, archive film is a fantastic way to preserve past experiences and bring memories to life. Working in partnership with the BBC Reel History project, the Children’s Library brought history back to life for the children of Sacred Heart Primary.

Girvan Library was the venue for an historical film show of the local area. Sacred Heart Primary 7 were fascinated with the Girvan of the 30’s and 50’s and had fun comparing the town they know with how it looked in granny and grandpa’s day. Mr Pitt, a retired fisherman, and Mrs Reid, retired teacher, were on hand to share their memories of high days and holidays and of everyday life.

Watching old film helps us to learn more about what life was like in the past and it can also help us access our own memories. For ideas on how to connect to your past through film visit  BBC Hands on History  or the Scottish Screen Archives.


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