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New social media project to help discover history and heritage of the River Clyde

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Members of the public have been invited to take part in the new #clyde2sea project, to help discover the hidden history of the sixty-mile stretch of the Clyde which runs from Thankerton to Bothwell Bridge. To find out more about exploring Scotland's history, visit our travel pages.

Survey and recording specialists from Historic Environment Scotland are carrying out a fieldwork trip on 17 November 2016 and would like people to suggest sites along this stretch of the Clyde which they should visit. Ahead of this, members of the public are being encouraged to take to social media using the hashtag #clyde2sea to talk about what the Clyde’s heritage means to them by sharing their own stories and tips for places to visit.

People from all over the country and elsewhere have already started sending in their suggestions for places to visit, including prehistoric forts, medieval churches and even 20th century pubs. Suggestions put forward could then end up being visited along the way and recorded by the Discovering the Clyde team, who aim to take on the challenge to visit as many points and landmarks along the Thankerton to Bothwell Bridge route in one day as possible.

WHAT THE CLYDE MEANS TO YOU

Historic Environment Scotland’s Archaeology Projects Manager, Dr Alex Hale, said: “This project aims to help Historic Environment Scotland further engage with people and heritage. We will listen to what people from across the globe know to be their heritage, along the River Clyde and begin to broaden our understanding of what the river means to so many people.

“As part of the Discovering the Clyde programme we’re now set to explore the 60km stretch from Thankerton to Bothwell Bridge. We really want to hear from members of the public as to what they know the heritage of the river is. They can put forward suggestions of where we should visit, it could be anything from a favourite castle or bridge, lookout point or a hidden gem, and even share their own stories and memories with us.

“These suggestions will help us fully explore this stretch of the Clyde and get a better insight into what its heritage really means to those who live here today, as we record the river’s story for the benefit of current and future generations.”

To get involved, use the #Clyde2sea hashtag on Twitter, or visit the project website.

 

 

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