Celebrating the New Towns of Scotland
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Visit us in 'Greenhouse tent 3' in George Street to watch films and see rare printed material relating to Scotland's New Towns.
Across two days, we are running film screenings and creative activities as part of Edinburgh International Book Festival's 'Re-ImagiNation' strand.
To inspire visitors to share their stories and experiences of the New Towns, we have specially selected a range of items from National Library of Scotland archives.
A new way of life
East Kilbride was designated as the first of Scotland's five New Towns 70 years ago. Cumbernauld, Glenrothes, Livingston and Irvine followed over the next 25 years.
Printed items on display are facsimiles of brochures and leaflets used to promote the New Towns and a way of life very different from that of congested Glasgow.
Films being shown from the National Library of Scotland's Moving Image Archive date from the late 1950s through to the late '70s. Most of the footage comes from STV and local councils, and some of it is rarely seen outside of the Library's premises.
Ranging from promotions and documentaries to a poem, the films offer glimpses of New Town housing, industry, community and hopes for the future.
Creativity for all ages
As well as using film to generate memories, our activities for all ages encompass sound, pictures and text — and a fun quiz game. Creative visitors can enjoy making maps and devising banners.
Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 August
The Greenhouse 3, George Street.
Free. No need to book — just drop in.