Our collection of lockdown stories captures Falkirk's heritage in the making by exploring the extraordinary times we live in today. The members of the Strathcarron Singers continued to sing and raise money for the wonderful Strathcarron Hospice by performing together virtually. You can watch their performance of Non Nobis and a trailer of their Christmas concert here. Our Lockdown Stories collection was collated by our Great Place Digital Heritage Placement and Lockdown Stories Coordinator, Lorna Keddie.Read story
One cannot discuss the history of heavy industry in Falkirk without mentioning the name John Gilchrist Stein.Read story
Hannah Bateman remembers a dramatic robbery at Woolworth’s, where she worked, by a thief known as a Gentle Johnny. Stuart “Shug” Hanlon tells the story about how Bonnybridge was known for UFO sightings about 25 years ago, which he used as inspiration for his novella High Bonnybridge. Both became writers and it’s no surprise with that kind of inspiration! With poetry readings by Chris Freer. Interviewed by Rebecca Dawson.Read story
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Mathieson's Memories: Baking, Working, Dancing
Margy Stevenson (née Mathieson) and George Stevenson discuss Mathieson’s bakery and confectionery, which was established in 1872 by Margy’s great-grandfather. Mathieson’s, on Falkirk High Street, expanded across multiple premises to include a dance hall, dinners, and weddings. Learn about the history of the family, the characters that worked there, and the development of this much-loved local business where many people got married and which burned down at one point!
The Bruce Obelisk: Innovation and Symbolism in Cast Iron
James Bruce esq. of Kinnaird was an author, explorer and academic freemason (Dalivalle). In 1785, he commissioned the Bruce Obelisk, a free standing, cast iron memorial to his loved ones. It currently sits in the grounds of the Larbert Old Kirkyard. Local researchers Geoff Bailey and Duncan Comrie have investigated the obelisk in detail: Comrie in his unpublished article “Discovering James Bruce: A Falkirk Made Friend” (2020) and Bailey in “The Bruce Monument at Larbert” (Calatria Autumn 2013). This is an introduction, drawing on their work, to this ornate monument.
Lockdown Stories: Easter Carmuirs Primary
Our collection of lockdown stories captures Falkirk's heritage in the making by exploring the extraordinary times we live in today. Staff at Easter Carmuirs Primary School left lovely picture messages for their pupils during lockdown. In the first video, you can see the messages, and all the support and rainbows that staff and pupils shared. In the second video, you can see the response video from pupils, each with their positive message to help get everyone through lockdown!