Posts Tagged ‘history’

Royal Air Force Centenary

March 29, 2018

The Royal Air Force was established towards the end of World War One, on 1st April 1918. Since then it has played a significant role in our military history, most famously perhaps in the Battle of Britain in 1940, although it has played a part in many world events, such as the Berlin Airlift in 1948, and the Suez Crisis in 1956. More recently it has been involved in operations in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. Today, the RAF is the oldest independent air force in the world – independent, that is, of army or navy control. Happy 100th birthday RAF!


Delve deep at Carnegie Library and unearth Ayr’s hidden past

September 25, 2017

Tuesday 26 September – Tuesday 31 October 2017

A special exhibition in Ayr Carnegie Library’s non-fiction lending area showcasing the original source material which has informed the professional archaeologists, as they prepare to dig deeper, and investigate what lies at the heart of Auld Toun. The Riverside Block on Ayr’s High Street occupies part of the earliest core of the Royal Burgh as laid out after the grant of its charter in 1205. Sitting between the late C15th Auld Bridge, and the C18th New Bridge, the original C13th plots were laid out falling from the High Street to the River Ayr. Representing Ayr’s commercial past, and the epitome of its 20th century development, this plot was never expected to become available as a site of interest.

Visit the Carnegie’s Local History department to see the maps, photographs and books which helped the Archaeologists understand the history of the site over 800 years, and, provide the clues as to what the dig might reveal!


Girvan and District History Society presents “Bygone Girvan”

March 3, 2017


Monday 20 March 2017, 2.30pm

As seen through the lens of Jack Coleman’s camera during the early to mid 1900’s.

This is a rare opportunity to see the town and its inhabitants while they are taking part in street parades and celebrating the town’s tercentenary since being awarded the town charter.

Marvel at the project in building a cairn on the summit of the Byne Hill. Also included are films depicting Girvan as a tourist attraction. Come along and see who you can recognise, perhaps a grandparent here or there.

As the audience numbers are strictly limited to the first thirty guests, please reserve a seat by booking a ticket either by telephone 01465 712813, or by visiting Girvan Library, Montgomery Street, Girvan KA26 9HE.

Author Event with Dr Patricia Andrew at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

November 1, 2016

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Thursday 17 November 2016, 7pm
Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB 
Free event, but booking required Tel: 01292 286385

Dr Patricia R. Andrew FSA, FSAScot, AMA, FRSA, whose career has been mainly in museums and galleries in Scotland and England, is now a freelance consultant, researcher and lecturer. She has written many exhibition catalogues and has published widely on varied art-historical topics from the 18th to the 21st centuries.

A Chasm in Time: Scottish War Art and Artists in the Twentieth Century – voted Scottish History Book of the Year 2015, is the first study of Scottish war art and artists of the twentieth century and is a fascinating visual record of Scotland’s experience of conflict, both on the home front and in theatres of war.

Muirhead Bone, Britain’s first Official War Artist and currently the subject of an exhibition at Rozelle House Galleries, will be featured in the talk.

An ABBA night with a difference!

June 14, 2016

Staff at the Scottish and Local History Library, Carnegie Library, Ayr welcomed Ayrshire Bed & Breakfast Association members (and some of their guests!) on a special tour through their local and family history resources – maps, newspapers, printed books and photos, to mention a few. Designed to inform B&B owners on the sources we hold, so they can pass this onto their guests, we were delighted by their enthusiasm and interest!

“A wonderful resource on our doorstep”

The Scottish and Local History Library is located on the first floor of the Carnegie Library in Ayr. We hold a wealth of free resources for anyone who is researching their family tree or studying the local history of the area. We have dedicated, friendly, experienced staff who are happy to assist and give advice on all aspects of your research. We aim to help customers bring family names, dates and places to life.

The department currently has two PCs connected to the Internet available for Local and Family History research.  Customers can also access online Births, Marriages and Deaths Archive Search from the Ayr Advertiser: 1803-1835Ancestry Library Edition and Find My Past free. Customers can also use their own devices by taking advantage of our unlimited free Wi-Fi access.

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact us or tel: 01292 272231.


Old Troon Photograph Exhibition on display for an extra month

July 10, 2015


Our old Troon photograph exhibition has proved so popular, that we have decided to extend its stay until the end of July 2015.  So if you haven’t had the opportunity to visit yet, come along and see this wonderful display of Troon in days gone by.

Troon Library, 5 South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF

Scottish Inventors and Engineers

September 4, 2014

This seems to be a week for celebrating the achievements of Scottish inventors and engineers. Earlier this week, a statue dedicated to Sir Robert Watson-Watt was unveiled in Brechin. He pioneered the use of radar and his work made a huge contribution to the Battle of Britain during WWII.

Today, the Forth Road Bridge is marking 50 years since it was opened by the Queen, on 4th Sept 1964.  It took 6 years to build and replaced a ferry service that had operated for centuries. The new road bridge linked Edinburgh with Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen. Have a look at the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame, and discover some lesser-known Scots who made great contributions to their field .

Round Old Ayr Crime Walk

May 21, 2012

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Crooks in the NooksThe history of Old Ayr includes many tales of law-breaking, imprisonment, execution and escape. Come with local history librarian Tom Barclay on a walking tour of town centre sites associated with the rebels, smugglers, body snatchers, common criminals and thief-takers who have all played dramatic parts in the town’s colourful past.

  • Thursday 7th June, meet at Carnegie Library at 6.30pm
  • Wednesday 13th June, meet at Carnegie Library at 2pm
  • Tuesday 19th June, meet at Carnegie Library, 2pm
  • Thursday 21st June, meet at Carnegie Library at 6.30pm (sold out)

Tickets £3, available from Carnegie Library.
Refreshments provided.
The walk lasts for 1 hour.

Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB
t: 01292 286385 e:

If you can’t join us for any of the above dates you can always download the audio tour of this walk ‘Crooks in the Nooks’.

This event is part of our library National Crime Writing Month celebrations.

Reel History at Girvan Library

October 10, 2011

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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.

Crooks in the Nooks

August 29, 2011

Doors Open Day Ayrshire

The history of Old Ayr includes many tales of law-breaking, imprisonment, execution and escape.  As part of Doors Open Days South Ayrshire Libraries local history librarian Tom Barclay has created a free audio tour of town centre sites associated with the rebels, smugglers, body snatchers, common criminals and thief-takers who have all played dramatic parts in the town’s colourful past.  Download the files below and let them guide you on an Old Ayr Crime Walk.

Please note: All of the above audio files are Copyright © 2011 of South Ayrshire Libraries, ℗ 2011 South Ayrshire Libraries

Doors Open Days get into buildings!

Doors Open Days give you free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland.  Every weekend in September you can explore places that are normally closed to the public.  Some open up once a year, some just once in a lifetime…