Glasgow Airport brings local history to life
06 November 2013
A project which aims to digitally capture the history of parts of Renfrewshire has got off to a flying start following support from Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund.
Inchinnan Historical Interest Group, a committee of local volunteers, is dedicated to promoting the history, culture and heritage of Inchinnan and its surrounding areas. The group plans to produce a digital archive and website containing details on a number of projects, the first of which is an oral history project about life in rural Inchinnan from the 1930s onwards.
Oral history is the recording of people's memories, experiences and opinions and an award of £1,020 from the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund will be used to purchase technical equipment for filming interviews and capturing scenic shots of the area.
The project will examine life through the decades, gathering information from residents and relatives to understand what it was like to live in the rural environment of Inchinnan farmlands. It will also focus on the development of Erskine community – which was built in the early 1970s – and the impact it had on the local community and economy.
Ronald Leitch, head of security and terminal operations at Glasgow Airport, said: "This historical project is a fantastic community initiative and will definitely allow more people to learn about the history of the area. As a neighbour, Glasgow Airport is only too happy to offer assistance and get this exciting project off the ground."
Councillor Iain Nicolson of Renfrewshire Council said: "Inchinnan Historical Interest Group is a good example of a community working together to promote the local history of the area. To do so in such a public way is a terrific idea and demonstrates a great sense of community. I am sure the archive and website will prove extremely popular with residents of all ages."
Bill McCallum, farmlands project leader at Inchinnan Historical Interest Group, said: "Talking to the various people we have interviewed for this project has been very interesting and enlightening. Asking people to go back down their own memory lane is, in the main, a very pleasurable experience for them, and sharing that journey is a privilege and very rewarding for the project team. We are creating our own piece of history as there has never been an oral history of Inchinnan before, and receiving support from the FlightPath Fund is very encouraging to our project team."
Once complete details of the project, which is expected to generate interest from local residents, schools and community groups, will be available from the Inchinnan Historical Interest Group’s website and will include photographs, video clips and interviews with residents living in the area during this time. Information will also be available at Inchinnan Parish Church.