The next annual South Ayrshire History and Family History Fair will be held on Saturday 4 June 2016
Want to explore your ancestry, but don’t know where to start? Fascinated by the past and wanting to learn more? Looking for something different to do at the weekend? Join us at South Ayrshire’s History Fair at the Walker Halls in Troon.
In addition to a full programme of informative talks featuring respected guest speakers. Between 9am and 4.30pm a number of stalls will also be attending offering advice and guidance on family history, tracing your roots, exploring local and national history as well as a specialist Scottish bookshop. Admission to the stalls is free.
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 life.
Our speakers for the day are
Frances Wilkins, Lecturer and scholar, author of 30 titles on Scottish smuggling and the Scottish slave trade
Tom Barclay, Local Studies Librarian, South Ayrshire Council
Chris Whatley, Emeritus Professor of Scottish History, University of Dundee
Thomas Rees, Rathmell Archaeology Ltd.
9.00am – Registration
9.45am – Councillor Bill Grant
Chairman – Dauvit Broun
10.00am “The Smuggling Coast from Stranraer to Girvan” Frances Wilkins
11.00am “Ayrshire before history: a personal view of early sites and their archaeology” Tom Barclay
2.00pm “Men at War: securing Burns’ memory in the West of Scotland, c 1859-c1896 (the race between the towns of the region to have a statue of Robert Burns)” Chris Whatley
3.00pm “A Founder’s Workshop from the Bronze Age? Excavations from the shadow of Hunterston” Thomas Rees
Booking forms are available online to print off and post to us.
History Fair Enquiries
If you have any enquiries about the History Fair or would like to make a booking, please do not hesitate to contact us.
South Ayrshire History Fair,
Library HQ, John Pollock Centre, Mainholm Road,
Ayr KA8 0QD
Tel: 01292 559318 or 272231 Fax: 01292 616301
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