Getting to know the history – Cllrs Ian Dickson, Michelle McGinty, Labour leader Martin Rooney and Jonathan McColl.
By Lucy Ashton
The creation of a new museum exhibition to honour the town’s local history and heritage has been completed in time for the New Year at Alexandria Library.
The museum space sits alongside a newly created, separate multi-purpose area for community use on the first floor of the library. Both the museum and community spaces are the final elements of extensive renovation works undertaken at the library, including the installation of a new lift in the building making the first floor spaces accessible to everyone for the first time.
The museum area has been created in the former Vale of Leven District Council Chamber, where the original wood paneling and windows of the chamber have been retained and feature alongside an exhibition of local stories and artefacts. The display tells stories about the printing and dyeing industry, football, and the Argyll Motor Works. Artefacts include Turkey Red fabric samples dating from the late 19th century.
Councillor Martin Rooney, Leader of the Council said: “The completion of this project is a fantastic addition to a brilliant building and will be a welcome improvement to the area. It’s great to see this area of the library being used and accessible to all. This will provide a fantastic chance for Alexandria residents and visitors to engage with the area’s history.”
Councillor Michelle McGinty, Depute Convener of Corporate Services said: “It’s fantastic to see this project completed, the investment in Alexandria Library will add to the excellent services already available at the branch. The museum’s extension will allow visitors from the local community and beyond to explore artefacts and commemorate the Vale of Leven’s rich history.”