On the morning of Sunday 1 April 2018, exactly 100 years after the Royal Air Force came into being, a service of commemoration will be held at Girvan’s Doune Cemetery. The service will honour the memory of the man considered to have the best claim to be the father of the RAF, Sir David Henderson. […]Read More South Ayrshire’s links with the birth of the RAF
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 […]Read More Votes for Women
Arrangements for our 2017 South Ayrshire History & Family History Fair on Saturday 3rd June are well underway with an exciting line-up of speakers. Whether you’re interested in exploring your family roots or wanting to take a more specialised look at a particular topic, the History Fair – and the guest speakers – will help bring your interest to […]Read More Save the date for our History and Family History Fair 2017
Engineers surveying the seabed of the Firth of Clyde and the North Channel on the route of a planned undersea power cable recently came across a wreck. It was identified as that of a First World War German submarine, or U-Boat, either UB-82 or UB-85. Much press coverage resulted, due to the bizarre claim made […]Read More Ayrshire and the Great War U-Boat threat
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 […]Read More Find the ‘missing history’ of Scotland’s towns and cities
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, […]Read More An ABBA night with a difference!
Photographs taken of the King’s Arms Hotel and the views across the river from its rear. The hotel was near the foot of the High Street and was demolished in 1925. This hotel along with the Black Bull Hotel in River Street survived from the 18th century. After demolition F W Woolworth appeared in its […]Read More Newly acquired images from the early 1900s