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Kilcreggan Architecture and Heritage Celebrated in Series of Events

A celebration of architecture comes to Kilcreggan this March, highlighting the area’s unique history.

A six-day programme of events will mark the 150th anniversary of the Burgh of Cove and Kilcreggan, which was ‘destroyed’ in 1975.

The Glasgow Institute of Architecture (GIA) is marking Scotland’s year of Innovation, Architecture and Design with a Touring Pavilion, which will visit four sites; including Kilcreggan, from Sunday 20 March to Friday 25 March.

Organised by the Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust, events at the Pavilion will culminate on Friday 25 March with a memorial lecture to distinguished Helensburgh architect Gareth Hoskins, who died earlier this year aged 48. Events will be based around the GIA pavilion in the centre of Kilcreggan village at the old surgery/Scottish Water site opposite the Creggans pub.

On Sunday 20 March at 2pm, MP Brendan O’Hara will perform the official launch of the Rosneath Peninsula Heritage Trails followed by a talk on them by Richard Reeve. Incorporated into the Festival of Architecture is a celebration, organised by the trust and Cove and Kilcreggan Community Council, of the burgh’s 150th anniversary, which takes place at 3pm with a wine and finger buffet.The reception is free and open to all members of the public , and will include attendance from VIPs, including Mr O’Hara, MSP Jackie Baillie, representatives from Argyll and Bute Council, the Royal Navy, Babcock, and educational and media circles.

Murdo MacDonald, Trust Convener said: “Free access is a feature of all the festival events. These events run alongside the Hinterland programme at Cardross, and as all the Kilcreggan activities are free and open to all members of the public, the trust hopes the community will enjoy this celebration of the peninsula’s place in Scotland’s historic and contemporary architecture”.

Other events include:

Monday 21 March, 6.30pm: architect Bruce Jamieson will be presenting a talk entitled ‘Architecture, Mysticism and Myth’ talking about some of the universal themes in architecture that inspired Mackintosh.

Monday 21 March: Rosneath Primary School’s senior pupils will have a talk on the Rosneath Peninsula’s ‘Cave’ by Tam Ward. This is repeated for the Kilcreggan Primary children on Tuesday 22 March.

Tuesday 22 March 6.30pm, architect Stuart Cameron will be presenting his company’s plans for ‘The New Architecture of Cove Park’.

Wednesday 23 March 6.30pm, project leader Clare Simpson will be outlining ‘A Future Reclaimed: Kilmahew and St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross’ which is at the heart of the forthcoming Hinterland show.

Thursday 24 & Friday 25 March, 2pm-4pm: The Peninsula’s Arts and Crafts ‘makars’ will display their wares around the pavilion. Thursday 24 March evening: Young people from the Cove and Kilcreggan Youth Cafe will enjoy a night out.

Friday 25 March, 6.30pm: Memorial lecture on Helensburgh architect Gareth Hoskins, given by one of his colleagues at Hoskins Architects. This will be followed by Liz Davidson, senior architect in charge of the renewal of Glasgow School of Art after the recent fire, who will be talking on ‘Mackintosh Reborn – The Renewal of Glasgow School of Art’

The week concludes with a ‘Samosa Night’ at 6pm in the Creggans followed by a musical evening with ‘The Cooper’ at 9pm.

*The header image shows an impression of how the touring pavilion in Kilcreggan will look.


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