The exhibition Sir William Arrol: A Renfrewshire Connection, is due to finish in the next couple of days. If you haven’t already been along to the Paisley Heritage Centre to see it you have until this Saturday.
The exhibition has been mounted by Friends of Seafield House to coincide with the 2015 meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Germany. The exhibition gives the background to UNESCO World Heritage nominations and why, in particular the Forth Bridge was a worthy submission. When it was announced on the 5th July that the Forth Bridge was to become a World Heritage Site we had to make a quick addition to the display. Being optimistic that it would be a positive result, we were well prepared and had stickers already made up with the winning announcement.
The exhibition is also a celebration of Sir William’s strong connections with Renfrewshire. He was born in the village of Houston and grew up in Paisley, and the exhibition tells of his early career as a blacksmith and engineer there. It also looks at the manufacturer of Arrol-Johnston cars in Paisley and Sir William Arrol’s connections to the earliest motor cars built in the UK. Sir William Arrol never forgot his roots and when he died his body was carried from his home at Seafield House in Ayr to Woodside Cemetery in Paisley, where he was buried.
As well as the FoSH display boards, the Heritage Centre have provided a display of resources from their archives and have set up iPads with links to relevant websites, so visitors to the exhibition will be able to find out more about Sir William Arrol and the Forth Bridge.
See the Heritage Centre webpage for opening times and contact details.