LENNOX HERITAGE SOCIETY
The Lennox Heritage Society was named after the historical area in which it is centred. This includes the present day local authority area of West Dunbartonshire and the town of Dumbarton in which it has its meetings. It is a local community group that has been meeting for many years. The main aim of the group is to study and celebrate the rich culture, heritage and history of West Dunbartonshire and beyond.
We meet on a monthly basis from September to April and host talks and presentations by invited speakers. Meetings take place in the Concord Centre in central Dumbarton (next to the Denny Civic Theatre) and start at 7.30 pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available from about 7.00 pm at the cost of 40p per person. A chance to chat to like minded folk.
Outings are held in May.
Our programme is available online on our website and social media pages as per the links provided and also summarised below.
New members are always welcome but if you prefer not to become a member, perhaps because you are interested in a subject, individual sessions may be attended at the cost of £2 per talk.
WEBSITE : https://lennoxheritagesociet.wixsite.com/lennox-heritage-
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/lennoxheritagesociety
THE 2022 - 2023 WINTER LECTURE PROGRAMME has now ended. Watch this space for the 2023 - 2024 programme which will recommence in September.
Wednesday evenings : 7:00 for 7:30
Wednesday September 14th
THE ISLANDS OF LOCH LOMOND - by canoe
Explore Loch Lomond from right down at water level. Surely this is the most beautiful place on earth. Join Robert in his canoe from the comfort of the hall for some surprises. We start the 2022/2023 lecture season with this fascinating subject. One that every one of us knows intimately and well… but few of us know from this vantage point.
Wednesday October 12th BRIDGESCAPES
Bruce will present research for his book on the long and illustrious history of bridges within Scotland and the contribution Scottish engineers have made to bridges around the globe. He agrees with John Buchan’s :assertion that the bridge is a symbol of man’s engagement with nature. Book for sale.
The book will be available at the lecture, but can also be ordered online.
Wednesday 9th November
PC 001 - THE WORLD'S FIRST
Dave reveals the 18th century Dumbarton schoolboy who went on to found the world’s first organised, uniformed police force. More than that, he became one of a famous group of four intellectuals who were the foremost thinkers and writers on how best to organise society
Wednesday 14th December
FROM BURNS TO EINSTEIN
Our local sleuth, Jim, somehow finds a continuum through history between these contrasting figures and others.. Burns lived during “The Age of Genius”, the Seventeenth Century, and that triggered new approaches to life and enquiry.
Wednesday 11th January
EXPLORE WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE : All about this website.
So, how well do YOU know your local environment? Jeremy has endevoured to record the rich heritage of the whole of West Dunbartonshire. He tells us of his inspiration and approach.
This website takes an approach to finding out about the history and development of where we live that is different to others that cover similar ground. It aims to delve into why things are as they are; lead the inquistive to answers; provide inspiration for further delving.
Wednesday 8th February
FROM TRACK CHAMPION TO DENTURES AND BOATS
Here is a man with an extrordinary talent for building model boats; each historically accurate and they actually sail. At one time better known as a local athletics champion of international standing, Lachie has had a very eventful life which included developing his creative skills. An exhibition of Lachie Stewart’s model boats is currently on onboard the Maid of the Loch.
Wednesday 8th March
R. B. CUNNINGHAME GRAHAM AND SCOTLAND - Party, Prose and Political Aesthetic
This author discusses the extraordinary life of the most controversial and enigmatic Scot of his generation. Besides becoming known as an explorer and gaucho, he was hugely influential in late 19th century and early 20th century politcs and literature. And he spent some of his childhood near here at Ardoch! Book for sale.
Wednesday 12th April
VIKINGS ON OUR DOORSTEP - The Viking Age and its Legacy
* The AGM will precede this talk.
Raiders. Explorerr. Settlers. We all know that Vikings came to our shores right here at the confluence of the Clyde and Leven Rivers. But who were they really and what is their legacy for us?
A downloadable PDF version of the programme flyer can be downloaded here.
You can find many more on our FaceBook photos pages : https://www.facebook.com/lennoxheritagesociety/photos/?ref=page_internal