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

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An exhibition which explores the history of the Clyde & Avon Valley opens on 17 February at Chatelherault Country Park.

Land, Life, Water: the Clyde and Avon Valley Past and Present’, and an 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 with tourists, artists and writers for over 250 years. The area boasts the 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.

Exploring history

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 include:

  • Roman Samian ware
  • A Bronze Age mortar
  • Agricultural implement
  • Recent finds from ‘Castle’ Qua near Lanark and Black Hill near Kirkmuirhill

The exhibition will also 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, and details can be found on the event website, along with booking details.

(image copyright CAVLP)

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