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Gray's Carpet Factory 1920s

Gray’s Carpet Factory 1920s

 

December 2015 – January 2016

The bygone days of the town and its people are celebrated in this exhibition of images from the library service’s photographic collection. Special features include Gray’s carpet factory and Daniel Wyllie’s chemical works.

Carnegie Library, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB

The exhibition is on display in the Non-Fiction Lending Department.

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Troon Library are having an exhibition of photographs of Troon from days gone by.  They would love to involve the local community in this exhibition and would be very appreciative of anyone who can help in lending any photographs to be displayed.  If you can help please contact Annette Simpson at Troon Library on 01292 315352.  Please note photographs must be received by May 20, 2015.

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The burgh of Ayr has had a library for many years. The Ayr Library Society was founded in 1762, but it took until 1870 before Ayr ‘s first Public Library was established, inheriting the book stock of other local libraries to its collection. Like its predecessors, the Public Library was privately organised, and financed by subscription: the Public Libraries Act had empowered local authorities to provide a free library service from public funds, provided the ratepayers voted in favour, but in Ayr no such consent was forthcoming. To keep down the subscription fees, money was raised from public lectures and in 1890, the library committee invited the Scottish-American steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (then residing at Cluny Castle near Kingussie) to be one of their speakers. Mr Carnegie declined due to prior commitments, but further correspondence led to an offer from him of £10,000 for a new building if the town would adopt the Public Libraries Act. Posters and handbills urging acceptance were printed, and this time a majority voted for the Act and the plans were made for a new library building.

One of the designs submitted for the new library.

One of the designs submitted for the new library.

This design was submitted by Messrs Morris and Hunter

This design was submitted by Messrs Morris and Hunter

The images above were submitted as part of a competition to design the new library, but the designs were considered too elaborate.

The winning design for Carnegie Library came from the firm of Campbell, Douglas and Morrison of Glasgow.

The winning design for Carnegie Library came from the firm of Campbell Douglas and Morrison of Glasgow.

Built in 1893, the original two-storey building fronting on to Main Street is of red sandstone in late Victorian Renaissance style. If you look closely you can see the front of the building has changed.  The left of the building was originally home to the Carnegie Librarian.  This was closed in 1925 and the exterior was brought into harmony with the rest of the building. It is now home to our computer department.

Until the 1970s' the Local and Family History Library at Carnegie was used as an Art Gallery

Until the 1970s’ the Local and Family History Library at Carnegie was used as an Art Gallery

Garden Street, before the rear library extension.

Garden Street, before the rear library extension.

The downstairs lending area was extended rearwards to Garden Street in 1932, and a further extension at the rear accommodating a spacious lecture room/reference library was designed by the distinguished Ayr firm of James Kennedy Hunter (Hunter himself had died in 1929). This was opened on 22 January 1934 by Flight Lieutenant David McIntyre, who spoke about his pioneer flight over Everest the previous year. (McIntyre would later take a leading role in establishing Prestwick Airport.)

The Librarian and staff of the Carnegie Library in July 1904. Left to right: Miss Gordon; Miss McIIwraith (Senior Assistant); David Duff; Miss Morton and Miss Briggs

The Librarian and staff of the Carnegie Library in July 1904. Left to right: Miss Gordon; Miss McIIwraith (Senior Assistant); David Duff; Miss Morton and Miss Briggs

Mr James Nicol Walker, was well know in Ayr as a photographer. He was frequently seen in the Carnegie Library browsing through a book or scanning newspapers or periodicals.

Mr James Nicol Walker, was well know in Ayr as a photographer. He was frequently seen in the Carnegie Library browsing through a book or scanning newspapers or periodicals.

Do you have any memories about visiting the Carnegie Library in Ayr? If you do we would love to hear from you. Just send us an email: localhistory@south-ayrshire.gov.uk

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Quadrangle. 1969. © K.M. Andrew.

The Library at the Ayr Campus of the University of the West of Scotland has an archive of almost 900 photographs of Craigie College of Education staff and student activities. The pictures were taken between 1964 and 1978 and include shots of new student intakes, classroom and social situations, college theatrical productions and much more. Do you recognise anyone in the photographs? Are you in the photographs? View these fascinating images to see how the college looked when it first opened in 1964 as a teacher-training college and get an insight into the life of students and staff who studied and worked there in the mid 1960s to late 1970s.

Students who graduated from Craigie College are automatically members of UWS’s Alumni Association so, whether or not you are in the photos, if you qualified from Craigie any time from 1964 onwards then please do register your details with the Alumni Association.

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