Saturday 2 June, 9.30am – 4.30pm Looking for something different to do on the weekend? Join us at South Ayrshire’s History and Family History Fair at the Walker Halls in Troon. 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 […]Read More Roll up, roll up for South Ayrshire’s annual History and Family History Fair
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
Tuesday 26 September – Tuesday 31 October 2017 A special exhibition in Ayr Carnegie Library’s non-fiction lending area showcasing the original source material which has informed the professional archaeologists, as they prepare to dig deeper, and investigate what lies at the heart of Auld Toun. The Riverside Block on Ayr’s High Street occupies part of the earliest […]Read More Delve deep at Carnegie Library and unearth Ayr’s hidden past
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
One hundred years ago, families spread across the whole of Ayrshire were mourning the loss of loved ones. News was arriving of the heaviest loss of life the county had yet suffered in the Great War. On 12 July 1915, Scottish soldiers of the 52nd Lowland Division rose from their trenches and charged part of […]Read More Ayrshire’s soldiers at Gallipoli
New revised Reminiscence Boxes available for loan Carnegie Library’s Local History Department has Reminiscence Boxes available for loan. The boxes contain memorabilia which help bring back memories of past times and provide talking points for the elderly and people with dementia. These boxes have been very popular with nursing homes and day centres and are […]Read More Let’s talk about the old days!