Memory Bank of Clyde Valley to be created
WORKERS from the traditional industries of the Clyde Valley are being encouraged to share their stories. The natural resources of the Valley were at one time responsible for a variety of skilled trades involving fireclay, fruit, furniture and weaving. Relatives and ancestors of people who worked in the industries, as well as people who stay in the Clyde Valley, are also being asked to share their memories or stories handed down to them through the generations. Photographic displays of some of the industries and people of the past will be presented by both Carluke Parish Historical Society and Stonehouse Heritage groups at the Clyde Valley Fruit Day on Saturday, October 1. The event takes place at Overton Farm in the Clyde Valley from 9.30 – 2pm.
By capturing the memories and stories of local people, the idea is to create a “Memory Bank” of knowledge and information so that future generations can understand more about their culture, history and surroundings. Christine Warren, Chairperson of the Carluke Parish Historical Society said: “We are delighted to be involved with the Memory Bank. “We have been researching the stories of Carluke’s furniture makers, brick and tile makers and jam makers using written resources like maps and photographs. “However, it’s when we speak to people and gather their stories that history comes alive.
“The Parish of Carluke has a unique story to tell – where else in Britain could we talk proudly of our furniture, our bricks and our strawberries and tomatoes in one breath?” John Young of Stonehouse Heritage Group said: “Stonehouse Heritage Group welcomes the creation of a Memory Bank in the Clyde Valley. “We feel the recording of residents oral memories of their villages is a positive and important means of preserving the wealth of local knowledge and historical facts which shape the development of our communities and environment through the years.
“Often these memories and interesting insights are lost if not recorded and this project enables groups and individuals the opportunity to tell their stories utilising technology that will enable others to easily access as a community research resource for young and old alike.
“Stonehouse Heritage Group hope this project will encourage participation in community life and help to protect our local heritage and culture awareness throughout the villages of the Clyde Valley. The Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) aims to reconnect people with the landscape. Maggie Botham, Project Manager of the CAVLP said: “Our natural resources and environment have had a very significant and important role to play in determining why places are where they are, and why people chose to live there.
“Whether a settlement grew or was created to house workers involved in mining or harvesting the local resources, or perhaps a busy river crossing point became a good place to set up trading, there is always a reason for people moving to and living in a particular spot. “Unlike today, where transport and technology allows us to set up businesses almost anywhere, in the past industrial activity grew where a resource could be exploited and villages developed for the workforce. “We think that people may be curious to find out about why their ancestors came to the valleys, or why they stayed there. “They may have family information that could help others find out more too that we hope people will be keen and able to share with others.” If you have a photograph, small article, letter, article, general items or just a story to tell, bring them along to the Fruit Day to deposit in the “Memory Bank”.
Your object will be copied or photographed and returned. There will also be a chance to record your story direct to camera, courtesy of South Lanarkshire TV.