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380th Anniversary Exhibition - Celebrating 380 Years of the Auld Kirk Building in Kirkintilloch

People are being offered the chance to travel through time as they explore the history of one of East Dunbartonshire's most iconic buildings.

380th Anniversary Exhibition - Celebrating 380 Years of the Auld Kirk Building in Kirkintilloch

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8th Jun 2024 to 8th Aug 2024
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm / Closed Sunday & Monday
Auld Kirk Museum
Auld Kirk Museum Cowgate, Kirkintilloch G66 1HN
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The Auld Kirk Museum in Kirkintilloch is hosting a free exhibition until 8 August 2024 – marking the 380th anniversary of the building itself.

The structure has Category A listed status, which is given to buildings of special architectural or historic interest which are outstanding examples of a particular period, style or type.

It began life as St Mary’s Parish Church in 1644 – designed to resemble the shape of a Greek cross, with traditional Scottish crow-stepped gables. The 1644 date stone is still visible on the exterior south gable wall.

A growing congregation led to a new St Mary’s being built at its current location next to Townhead Bridge and the Forth and Clyde Canal. It was completed in 1914.

The Auld Kirk building continued to be used for many years as a Sunday school, passing into the care of the Town Council and then opening as a museum in 1961 – following refurbishment by John Laird & Son.

Since 2011, the museum – which has a four-star Visit Scotland rating – has been managed by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust. It attracts thousands of visitors every year – from across the area and beyond.

Karin Jackson, General Manager of EDLC Trust, said, “The Auld Kirk Museum has hosted many wonderful exhibitions and events over the years so it’s only right that – on its 380th anniversary – we focus on the building itself.

“Times have changed massively since it became an iconic fixture locally, but it has survived and thrived. I hope as many people as possible take the chance to visit the free exhibition and explore its fascinating history.

“As well as photographs and information from the past you can also see some of the objects that have been in the museum's collection the longest.”

The Auld Kirk has a permanent display on the history of Kirkintilloch – including one of the iconic red telephone boxes created by the Lion Foundry – and a changing exhibition space which regularly showcases work by a range of local, national and international artists.

The 380th Anniversary Exhibition is on until 8 August 2024.

The Auld Kirk Museum – Cowgate, Kirkintilloch, G66 1HN – is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free.

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