We are very happy to have become involved with a group of local adults who together form an ASDAN learning group, and who meet at Universal Connections in Cambuslang Main Street. Having completed
an Expressive Arts Course, the group are now taking a History Course. During this, the group (pictured above) will develop their knowledge of local, British, European and World history.
Group leaders Colin Ferris and Myra Robertson of South Lanarkshire Council's Youth, Family and Community Learning service, asked for our assistance with the Local History module of the course, which we were very pleased to provide.
ASDAN is an educational charity which normally provides a range of programmes and courses aimed at young people, and Colin and Myra have successfully used the structure for this enthusiastic group of older learners.
Our direct involvement with the group began at the end of September 2021. So far, we have given an illustrated talk to them on the history of Rutherglen and the activities of the Heritage Society (photo above), as well as a presentation by author and Heritage Society member Carol Foreman on the topic of Rutherglen Then and Now (photo below). Carol's talk included many photographs documenting the changes which have occurred in Rutherglen over the past hundred years or so.
A field trip taking the group to some of Rutherglen's surviving boundary stones is planned, as well as a presentation on the local history of coal mining by two more Heritage Society members who are co-authors of A History of Coal Mining in Rutherglen and Cambuslang. This book will be launched at an event in Rutherglen Library next month.
26th. October 2021