A weekend to remember

Scotland's Urban Past launched this weekend at two great fun-filled events in Livingston and Paisley. Here's a little bit about what we got up to...

Submitted by Bryony on 10-06-2015 17:10:10

Boarders, bladers and film-makers

Film screenings, skateboarding, a politician on the doorstep - the first day of our launch weekend was a blast! 

On Friday 5 June, we set up at the Vennie Youth Club in Livingston, ready for the premiere of Our Skate Park, a short film by the youth group at the Vennie, celebrating their space to skate and the journey to its creation. There were plenty of familiar faces amongst the crowd - the film's stars were excited to see how they looked on the big screen (actually, we had a globe!) and the local community arrived en masse to listen to their story. 

Special guest Fiona Hyslop, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, gave her own review of the film on Twitter: "Drive,enterprise and great film-making from the Vennie boarders..."

Seven screenings and 200 people later, we headed back to the office to prepare for the next busy day.

Paisley past and present

The second day of our launch arrived with the wind and the rain. Our marquees may have been cancelled, but our enthusiasm was not dampened!

Paisley Arts Centre proved to be a perfect venue for Saturday 6 June, with enough space to shelter almost 130 people from the stormy weather outside.

People got hands-on in the Interactive Corner, poring over maps of Paisley through the ages and delving into old photographs offering a different view of the town we know today. Between the fun and Victorian games of our tenement life exhibition, we also announced the winners of the 'Your Paisley' School Photography Competition.

Visit our Facebook page for photos of all the winners.

What's on next?

Thanks to everyone who came along to our launch and made the days so much fun.

The next events are already being planned and will be announced in the not-too-distant future. Maybe we'll be coming to a town near you...

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