Posts Tagged ‘local history’

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!

 

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Picturing the Past: Photo Exhibition at Ayr’s Carnegie Library

December 9, 2015
Gray’s Carpet Factory 1920s

Gray’s Carpet Factory 1920s

December 2015 – January 2016

The bygone days of the town and its people are celebrated in this exhibition of images from the library service’s photographic collection. Special features include Gray’s carpet factory and Daniel Wyllie’s chemical works.

Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB

The exhibition is on display in the Non-Fiction Lending Department.

South Ayrshire History and Family History Fair

June 2, 2014

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South Ayrshire History and Family History Fair will be held on Saturday 7 June 2014

Want to explore your ancestry, but don’t know where to start? Fascinated by the past and wanting to learn more? Looking for something different to do at the weekend? Well look no further as South Ayrshire’s History Fair at the Walker Halls in Troon..

In addition to a full programme of informative talks featuring respected guest speakers. Between 9am and 4.30pm a number of stalls will also be attending offering advice and guidance on family history, tracing your roots, exploring local and national history as well as a specialist Scottish bookshop. Admission to the stalls is free.

Whether you’re interested in exploring your family roots or wanting to take a more specialised look at a particular topic, the History Fair – and the guest speakers – will help bring your interest to life.

Programme of Events

9.00am Registration and coffee

9.445am Councillor Peter Convery

Chairman Dauvit Broun

10.00am Tom Barclay, Local Studies Librarian, South Ayrshire Council
Ayrshire’s Great War: the local impact of the 1914-1918 Global Conflict

11.00am Alistair McEwan, Project Coordinator of Edinburgh’s War Project
‘Scottish Emigres and World War 1’

12 noon Lunch

2.00pm Thomas Clancy, University of Glasgow
Language and land in 12th and 13th century Ayrshire: Place Names and Charters

3.00pm Derek Alexander, National Trust for Scotland
Digging for a Victory: searching for the archaeology of Bannockburn

4.00pm Close

Cost
£10 Full Day
£5 Half Day
£3 for entry to individual talks

Admission to the stalls is FREE

Download our leaflet and booking forms from our South Ayrshire History blog: History Fair Flyer 2014

History Fair Enquiries
If you have any enquiries about the History Fair or would like to make a booking please do not hesitate to contact us.  Please note: You can also download our booking forms online.

Jean Inness
South Ayrshire History Fair,
Library HQ, John Pollock Centre, Mainholm Road,
Ayr KA8 0QD

Tel: 01292 294320 or 294303 Fax: 01292 619019

Email: localhistory@south-ayrshire.gov.uk or jean.inness@south-ayrshire.gov.uk

Seasonal scenes of old Ayr and Alloway

December 27, 2013

Last year we posted a selection of photographs from our local history collection on our History Blog.  Everyone enjoyed the winter scenes so much, we thought that we should share them with followers of our library blog too.  You can find out more information and view more photographs here.

Burnsmania Competition!

January 23, 2012

Robert BurnsTest your knowledge of the bard’s works!

To test your knowledge of the work of our local bard visit the Local and Family History department at Carnegie Library .

The first correct entry drawn will receive a printed copy of our newly published Records of the Ayrshire militia, from 1802 to 1883.

Closing date for entries is Saturday 28th January 2012.

Crime Fiction Week: Round Old Ayr Crime Walk

June 8, 2011

Book shelf with books and feet poking out with dead body toe tag on one foot

Thursday 16th June,
meet at Carnegie Library at 7pm

Photograph of Old Ayr

The 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.

Tickets £4, available from Carnegie Library.
Includes refreshments.
Telephone (01292) 286385 for more information

Crime Fiction Week: Round Old Ayr Crime Walk

June 2, 2011

Book shelf with books and feet poking out with dead body toe tag on one foot
Tuesday 14th June,
meet at Carnegie Library at 2pm

Photograph of Old AyrThe 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.

Tickets £4, available from Carnegie Library.
Includes afternoon tea.
Telephone (01292) 286385 for more information

Service Information

February 18, 2011

Please note

Due to building maintenance the following departments in Carnegie library will be closed;

  • Local History library will be closed from 21st Feb until 7th March
  • Reference library will be closed from 7th March until 20th March
  • The Children’s library will be closed from 21st March (Bookbug sessions will NOT be affected)

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Find out more about our national Bard Robert Burns

January 19, 2011

Robert BurnsWe have a large selection of books available for lending and a special collection of Burns related items for reference in our Local History department at Carnegie Library.

Find items about Robert Burns on our library catalogue