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Project scoops funding to boost Eaglesham heritage

Funding will allow new items to be placed in the Carswell Centre and become part of the Eaglesham Heritage Trail.

Gemmell statues (Eaglesham Heritage Trail)

The Council has received £18,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project which will create a local heritage display in the recently refurbished Carswell Centre in Eaglesham.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will allow the community of East Renfrewshire and beyond to view and enjoy the historic Gemmell statue collection and a hand sewn quilt created by villagers in the 1800's and 1900's.

The Gemmell statues, a collection of six life-sized statues carved by Eaglesham villager William Gemmell between 1840 and 1845, depicts local and national characters including Robert Burns, Highland Mary and a blind fiddler, reputed to be Alexander McDonald, a strong man who was well known in the village.

The hand sewn quilt was created by members of the community between 1990 and 1992 and features 74 hand sewn squares representing personal views on the local history including groups, clubs and local buildings.

The conservation village of Eaglesham is without a doubt one of the most attractive villages in Scotland and a jewel in East Renfrewshire's crown. The interesting heritage of the village has always attracted visitors and we are sure the statues and quilt will be a pleasant addition to draw even more interest to the trail. This is fantastic news for both East Renfrewshire Council and the community itself and thanks to the support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we can now forge ahead with the project which will be added to the current Eaglesham Heritage Trail when complete.
Councillor Alan Lafferty - Convener for Environment

Thanks to National Lottery players the heritage and stories of this fascinating community will now contribute to the prosperity of modern day Eaglesham. This project will get local people of all ages involved to explore and learn more about the history of the place they call home.
Lucy Casot - Head of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Scotland

The project which will include Eaglesham Primary School pupils artwork and stories based on the items, aims to maximise the opportunities for residents and visitors of the village to engage and learn about the heritage of Eaglesham.

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