Seafield House Scrapbook to feature in Forth Bridges Exhibition

Image of the programme cover for the Forth Bridges Festival

The Friends of Seafield House are delighted that their Scrapbook, created  for the Forth Bridges Scrapbook Project, is to feature in the Forth Bridges Festival Scrapbook Exhibition – By the Bridges.  The exhibition is being held in Queensferry Parish Church, South Queensferry, from 4th to 13th September where examples of some of the best scrapbooks will be displayed. The exhibition will contain objects, unpublished images and film archive material created by individuals, families and the communities who live by the bridges, with unheard tales and stories from them.  Friends of Seafield House have provided a leaflet about Sir William Arrol and the Seafield House campaign and also arranged for Harry Birrell’s film “The River is Spanned”, illustrating the building of the rail bridge, to be shown during the exhibition courtesy of the Scottish Screen Archive.

Download a copy of the FoSH leaflet for the Forth Bridges Festival.

Venue: Queensferry Parish Church, The Loan, South Queensferry EH30 9NS

Time: 4th – 13th September 2014, 10am-4pm daily (except Sunday 7th, 12pm-4pm)

As well as the exhibition there will be a Forth Bridges App, launched on September 6th, guiding people, who wish to walk around South and North Queensferry, to some of the local historical viewpoints of the bridges while illustrating some of the stories collected through the Forth Bridges Scrapbooks project.

The exhibition is part of the wider programme for the Forth Bridges Festival which includes exhibitions, boat trips, flotilla, fireworks, parties and more.  The festival programme can be downloaded from the Forth Bridges Festival homepage.

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FoSH Sir William Arrol Exhibition returns to Rozelle House

Friends of Seafield House (FoSH) are returning to Rozelle House, Ayr, for National Science and Engineering Week 2014.

Photograph of the banner for the Sir William Arrol exhibition illustrated with photos of Arrol, Tower Bridge and the Forth Rail Bridge

The theme of this year’s event is Steps to Discovery 2014: Bicycles, Bridges and Beyond and you can read details of the programme of events on the South Ayrshire Council website.  On the weekend of the 15/16 March the event programme will focus on Bicycles and on 22/23 March on Bridges.

Representatives of Friends of Seafield House will be present on Saturday 22nd March with further activities and information on Sir William Arrol and bridge building including:

  • Viewing of the film “The River is Spanned“, a reconstruction of the building of the Forth Rail Bridge using original photographs. Made in 1950 this film is shown by courtesy of the filmmaker Harry Birrell and Scottish Screen Archive.
  • A chance to view stereoscopic photographs of some Arrol bridges – the 3D TV of Sir William Arrol’s time!
  • Bridge building activities in partnership with the Meccano Society of Scotland with meccano models of Arrol’s Tower Bridge and Middlesborough Transporter Bridge. Plus the opportunity to try your hand at building your own meccano bridges.

If you are unable to join us at the weekend you can still see the accompanying exhibition focusing on Sir William Arrol and his bridge building, which has already opened at Rozelle House. Information will also available on FoSH and their campaign to save Seafield House in Ayr, which was Sir William Arrol’s home for many years.

Venue: Rozelle House, Rozelle Park, Monument Road, Ayr KA7 4NQ

Time: 15/16 & 22/23 March 10am – 5pm

FoSH take Sir William Arrol Exhibition to Rozelle House

Friends of Seafield House are mounting a display exhibition on Sir William Arrol in Rozelle House’s National Science & Engineering Week 2013 programme, which takes place over the weekend 16 & 17 March.

Image of an exhibition board about the Arrol Gantry in Belfast

The theme of National Science & Engineering Week 2013 is Invention & Discovery and FoSH will focus its its contribution on Sir William’s engineering inventions & innovative construction techniques, which revolutionised engineering & construction in the early 20th century.  By focusing on the Arrol Gantry, Sir William’s part in the building of building of ships including the Titanic will be explored. It is fitting that Sir William Arrol is included in this year’s programme, as we mark the Centenary of his death in Ayr on 20 February 1913.  Information will also be available on FoSH and their campaign to save Seafield House in Ayr, which was Sir William Arrol’s home for many years.

Venue: Rozelle House, Rozelle Park, Ayr KA7 4NQ

Time: 16 & 17 March 10.30 – 3.30

Commemorative Events on 20th February 2013

Gathering at the Sir William Arrol Exhibition in the Carnegie Library, Ayr

Photograph of Friends of Seafiled House and supporters at the Sir William Arrol Exhibition in the Foyer of the Carnegie Libray in Ayr

The programme of commemorative events to mark the passing of Sir William Arrol 100 years ago this day started off at 11am with a gathering of Friends of Seafield House and their supporters at the Centenary Exhibition in the foyer of Carnegie Library in Ayr.

The exhibition mounted by the Friends of Seafield House 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.

For those who haven’t been along to see the Exhibition yet, it’s not too late. as it will remain in the Carnegie Library for another couple of days until 23 February 2013. Follow this link to find further information about the Exhibition.

Wreath Laying at the Arrol Grave at Woodside Cemetery, Paisley

A group of Friends of Seafield House and members of the Arrol Family pictured beside the Arrol grave where the wreath was laid.While members of the Friends of Seafield House committee were making their way from Ayr to Paisley, flowers were laid in memory of Sir William Arrol on the steps of Seafield House at 1.50pm, the time that he passed away 100 years ago.

Meanwhile, arriving in Paisley at 2pm the FoSH committee members were delighted to be joined by two great nieces of Sir William Arrol who helped to lay the wreath at the foot of his grave  at Woodside Cemetery in Paisley. Ina and Annette Arrol are grandaughters of James Arrol, who gave up his career as a marine engineer to go into business with his brother, Sir William Arrol,  in the Engineering Works.

Debate in the Scottish Parliament

At 5pm FoSH members gathered in the public gallery in the debating chamber of the Scottish Parliament to listen to the debate on Chic Brodie MSP’s motion S4M-05003 on Scotland’s Historic Buildings. The plight of Seafield House featured in the debate an FoSH will be following up on the suggestions that the Cabinet Secretary for Culture & External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, made in her response to the debate.

A recording of the debate can be viewed in the Parliament TV members debate page.

A transcript of the debate can also be read in accessible web page of the Official Report or as a PDF of the Official Report as published.

FoSH are grateful to Chic Brodie MSP for lodging the motion, all MSPs who signed the motion to secure cross-party support and those who spoke in the debate.

Reception: Yale Pevsner Buildings of Scotland

Following the debate, a reception, arranged by Chic Brodie, was held in Queensberry House for MSPs, FoSH members and invited guests. The focus of the reception was Yale Books Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of Scotland new title “Ayrshire & Arran”, which features Seafield House, and other titles in the series.
Reception at the Scottish Parliament

Invite to the Gathering at Carnegie Library, Ayr at 11am on 20th February

Supporters of the campaign to SAVE Seafield House (or who want to find out more about the campaign) and all who hold in great respect the legacy of Sir William Arrol  are warmly invited to gather at the Centenary Exhibition in the Foyer of the Carnegie Library, Ayr at 11am on 20 February, to mark the Centenary of his death.

First FoSH Newsletter commemorating the centenary of the death of Sir William Arrol

The first Friends of Seafield House Newsletter has now been released.

The Newsletter focuses on the events that FoSH have got lined up for the 20th February 2013, the centenary of the death of Sir William Arrol.

Image of the newsletter

Events include

  • A wreath laying at 2pm at the Arrol Grave, Woodside Cemetery, Paisley
  • A members business debate at 5.05pm at the Scottish Parliament
  • A reception from 6pm-8pm at the Scottish Parliament : Yale Pevsner Buildings of Scotland

Full details in the newsletter which can be downloaded from the link below.

FoSH Newsletter – Issue 01