Exhibition to Commemorate the Centenary of the Death in Ayr on 20 February 1913 of Renowned Scottish Engineer & Contractor Sir William Arrol (1839-1913)
Carnegie Library Foyer, 12 Main Street, Ayr KA8 8EB : 11-23 February 2013
Opening hours: Monday & Tuesday 9.00am – 7.30pm; Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm; Thursday 10.00am – 7.30pm ; Sunday CLOSED
To commemorate the centenary of the death in Ayr on 20 February 1913 of renowned Scottish engineer & contractor Sir William Arrol, Friends of Seafield House is mounting a Foyer Exhibition at the Carnegie Library, Ayr from 11 to 23 February 2013.
The exhibition focuses on Sir William Arrol’s life at Seafield House in Doonfoot Road, Ayr; his engineering & contracting achievements, which include the construction of iconic structures including the Forth Rail Bridge & London Tower Bridge; & his public service as Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for South Ayrshire from 1895 to 1906.
The exhibition is researched & written by Rob Close & Brian Williamson with design by Big Blue Dog & production by Owen Kerr Signs. Photographic images have been sourced from the Royal Commission on Ancient & Historic Monuments (RCAHMS), Glasgow City Archives & the Carnegie Library’s Scottish & Local History Library.
There will be information on how the public can nominate Sir William Arrol for induction into the Engineering Hall of Fame in this Centenary Year & the campaign mounted by Friends of Seafield House to propose “The Arrol Bridge” as a name that will go out for public vote in Transport Scotland’s “Name the Bridge” competition for the name of the new Forth Crossing.
Friends of Seafield House (FoSH) was established on 15 October 2012 to support SAVE Britain’s Heritage & others who are working to SAVE Seafield House & secure a new use for this important B listed building in Ayr. Further information can be found on the FoSH website www.friends-of-seafield-house.org.uk.