A glimpse into history

EVER thought what it would belike to get your hands dirty like TVs Time team?

Now is the chance to explore our past with two talks on local archaeology in Giffnock community library during May.

The first session, titled East Renfrewshire: From Standing Stones to Suburbia will be delivered by Neilston born archaeologist Derek Alexander on May 15 at 7.30pm.

Derek, head of achaeological services for the National Trust for Scotland, will discuss ancient ritual sites and settlements in East Renfrewshire, early Christian monuments, castles, mills, mansions, and villages.

He has wide experience of field surveys and excavations at home and abroad.

His second book on local archaeology Renfrewshire: A Scottish County’s Hidden Past has just been published by Birlinn.

The second talk by Susan Hunter titled Eaglesham Farms Project, will take place on Tuesday 22 May at 7.30pm. Doors open 7.15pm.

Susan will present the hidden history of East Renfrewshire revealed through an intensive survey of rural Eaglesham.

Susan is a field archaeologist and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Over the last 20 years she has taken part in many excavations within Scotland.

She has also surveyed alongside her husband Robin the whole Parish of Eaglesham, culminating in numerous papers on the farmlands of Eaglesham, and finds ranging from the Bronze Age to World War II.

Places are free but limited and booking is essential.

To reserve your place please contact the council’s heritage service on 0141 577 3872 or localstudies@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk

n These talks are part of a course East Renfrewshire Histories the service has been running in partnership with the Renfrewshire Local History Forum.

The course is funded by East Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire Local History Forum, and The Gordon McCrae Trust, University of the West of Scotland.