An Ayrshire sailor of the Great War: Able Seaman John Newall

John Newall was a Girvan sailor whose eventful active service during the First World War came to a tragic end. Called up as a navy reservist on the outbreak of war, he was sent to the Indian Ocean to take part in operations against German East Africa, now part of Tanzania. John survived when his […]

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VJ Day in Ayr 1945

Following the surrender of Nazi Germany in May 1945, it was generally expected that there would be a long continuation of the war in the Far East; that British forces, after driving the Japanese from Burma, would fight on to re-take Malaya and Singapore, and would ultimately participate in a costly invasion of Japan. However, […]

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Votes for Women

  On 6th February 1918, the Representation of the People Act 1918 was given royal assent and became law. For the first time, British women were entitled to vote in general elections, provided they were over 30 and were property-owners. (Many women could already vote in local elections.) The years immediately preceding the outbreak of […]

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Find the ‘missing history’ of Scotland’s towns and cities

Saturday 25 June, 2.30pm – 3.30pm Cyber Centre, Carnegie Library, Ayr, KA8 8EB Urban Detectives research Scotland’s towns and cities, discover hidden stories of everyday places and contribute this ‘missing history’ to the National Record of the Historic Environment. This free event is suitable for heritage newcomers.  Booking in advance is essential. For more information […]

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An ABBA night with a difference!

Staff at the Scottish and Local History Library, Carnegie Library, Ayr welcomed Ayrshire Bed & Breakfast Association members (and some of their guests!) on a special tour through their local and family history resources – maps, newspapers, printed books and photos, to mention a few. Designed to inform B&B owners on the sources we hold, […]

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