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North Ayrshire Council marks Heritage Awareness Day

Posted on 11 Oct 2017

School children have been enjoying some of the wonders of North Ayrshire as part of a special day to mark the area’s rich history.

Pupils from Corsehill Primary in Kilwinning were among those taking part in Heritage Awareness Day 2017.

The youngsters first travelled to Kilwinning Library to meet members of the Ancient Society of Kilwinning Archers, where they heard about the history of the club, saw the stunning Silver Arrow trophy and were told of a medal that has been ‘lost’ for 160 years only for it to turn up in Kilwinning Abbey Tower.

The pupils then headed over to Kilwinning Abbey Tower – which recently celebrated the 200th anniversary of its completion – where they were given a tour by the dedicated volunteers at Kilwinning Heritage and even managed to see the amazing views of the Ayrshire countryside from the roof.

The visit was part of Heritage Awareness Day which was a chance for people across Scotland to celebrate what heritage means to them in this year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet member for Communities, said: “From castles and abbeys to monuments and standing stones – the heritage of the North Ayrshire is diverse and plentiful.

“The heritage assets and sites all have their own tale to tell. Stories of battles fought in Largs and tales of Jousting Tournaments at Eglinton are all intriguing and amazing.

“Today, the rich, diverse heritage of North Ayrshire is held in care for future generations. Many people across North Ayrshire contribute to this each and every day – not just on Heritage Awareness Day. The local museums and family and local history groups are an amazing resource for locals and visitors to the area. The committee members who care for and promote Kilwinning Abbey Tower, Ardrossan Castle and Portencross Castle all do an amazing job in looking after these prime sites and sharing their specific history.”

For those wanting to sample some of North Ayrshire’s rich heritage, pop along to the Townhouse in Irvine which is currently hosting the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry. 

The exhibition is a major coup for Irvine as this will be its only venue in the West of Scotland during its current UK tour.

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry contains over 300 panels and has involved ex-pat Scottish-linked communities from around the world who are sufficiently proud of their Scottish roots and heritage that they have spent hours telling their often very personal stories via highly colourful needle and thread pictures. The tapestry can viewed Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm, with a late opening on Tuesday from 6-8pm, until 18 October. Entry is free.

You can also find out more about the rich heritage of North Ayrshire and places to visit by clicking here