Land, Life, Water: the Clyde and Avon Valley Past and Present

An exhibition celebrating the ‘picturesque and sublime’ Clyde and Avon Valley and the people working to protect it is being held at Chatelherault Visitor Centre, Hamilton.

Land, Life, Water: the Clyde and Avon Valley Past and Present

About Land, Life, Water: the Clyde and Avon Valley Past and Present

‘Land, Life, Water: the Clyde and Avon Valley Past and Present’, and an exciting accompanying programme of events, will showcase over 70 projects that have taken place since 2011, as part of the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) – one of many UK based, large scale Landscape Partnership schemes supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Visitors to the multi-media exhibition will be immersed into the local landscape just south of Glasgow and west of the Central Belt, which has been a favourite for tourists, artists and writers for over 250 years. It’s no wonder that the Wordsworths, J M W Turner and Sir Walter Scott joined other tourists in flocking to the area in the mid 19th century - known today for; New Lanark World Heritage Site; the ancient woodlands in the Clyde Valley National Nature Reserve; the Clyde Walkway; retaining the highest concentration of orchards in Scotland; and stunning gorge landscapes like those found at Falls of the Clyde.

Curated around the themes of land, life and water, visitors will be able to discover the story of the landscape through history to the present day. Visitors will be able to piece together their own story using historical objects, interactive maps, works of art created by local schools and youth groups, and historical paintings on display.

Alongside historical items on display, including Roman Samian ware, a Bronze Age mortar, agricultural implements, jam jars, and recent finds from ‘Castle’ Qua near Lanark and Black Hill near Kirkmuirhill, visitors will be able to get up close and personal with various handling objects, such as an apple and honey press, and horse tacks.

The achievements of the £5 million CAVLP programme, set up to celebrate and enhance the area’s landscape and cultural heritage with a range of organisations, social cooperatives, community groups, individuals and volunteers, will also be showcased. Over 70 projects took place under the CAVLP scheme, delivered by key partners South Lanarkshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Central Scotland Green Network Trust, Clydesdale Community Initiatives, New Lanark Trust, Northlight Heritage, RSPB Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Scottish Wildlife Trust, and a range of delivery organisations.

It will reveal the results of historical research and archaeological discoveries, highlight new trails and improved access, show the work undertaken to conserve and improve the ecology, and celebrate the training, skills development and volunteering which local people have enjoyed through so many successful projects.

There will also be a series of FREE hands-on events, workshops, talks and walks during the exhibition. More details on these can be found at www.clydeandavonvalley.org/join-in/events, where all booking details will be provided.

The exhibition has been curated by CAVLP Heritage, a project delivered by Northlight Heritage and is supported by Historic Environment Scotland, and Heritage Lottery Fund and South Lanarkshire Council LEADER supported CAVLP.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Land, Life, Water: the Clyde and Avon Valley Past and Present are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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