The efforts of the volunteers or ‘Angels’ behind the Cairndow-based community group – Here We Are – are to be celebrated as they go up for an award in the inaugural Scottish Heritage Angel Awards, for their Our Houses: Their Stories project.
Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose charity, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, established the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards in 2014, said:“I offer huge congratulations to all those shortlisted for the inaugural Scottish Heritage Angel Awards, the variety is incredible and demonstrates just how much the individuals and communities in Scotland go above and beyond to preserve their heritage.”
The volunteers of Here We Are have been shortlisted in the Sharing and Celebrating category, for their unique local heritage work. Our Houses: Their Stories was a complex project charting the biography of all 107 houses in Cairndow. The two year major research project saw local volunteers photograph each house and fully research the lives and occupations of those who once lived there, from 1841 right through to present day.
Carrying out oral recordings with present day inhabitants, they created a multimedia resource complete with images, recordings and research depicting the changes in the Cairndow community and village life, for those that call it home today and in the future. Following the success of their project, Here We Are have also been working with other communities and villages helping them to create their own resource.
Christina Noble, of Here We Are, said: “This project started with, Alice Beattie, a founder committee member, who began to record each house along with its inhabitants, past and present.
“This then developed into the idea of a biography of all 107 houses in Cairndow. We were able to enlist professional archaeologists and social historians to help train us; what had started as a small acorn in the mind’s eye of an elderly woman became a national exhibition at Kelvingrove Museum and Eden Court Inverness.“Our Houses: Their Stories went on to correlate the history of each house and all those who had lived there, creating a picture of the village and its inhabitants from the 1841 census through to present.
“This shortlisting is a wonderful accolade for the work and hours that the volunteers put into this truly unique project.”
To celebrate their success over the years we are holding an exhibition and dance in Cairndow Village Hall on Saturday 29th August 2015.
If you have any photographs, videos, stories or memorabilia of the trials that we could use, please send them to us and we will scan and return them to you. Thank you.