Paisley’s Industrial and Cultural Heritage

Wednesday 27 June, 2018

Heritage images are copyright of Renfrewshire Council. Originals held by Paisley Museum.

A day conference examining Paisley’s industrial and cultural heritage, jointly presented by The Paisley Centre for Business and Industrial History (UWS),
the Business Archives Council of Scotland and Renfrewshire Council.

Presenters and talks are:

John Hume
Keynote Address   Why Paisley?: the Genesis of a Special Place

Ken Farnhill and Alisdair Dobie
Paisley Abbey Rentals, c1460-1550: an Initial Investigation

Dan Coughlan
The Making of the Paisley Shawl

Sam McKinstry
The Government School of Design, Paisley, 1848-1899

Alexander Stoddart
Classical Sculpture and Paisley

Donna McMillan
The Hugh Smiley Nursery: Early provision of nursery care for working women in Paisley

David Rowand
Film   The Life and Times of Alexander Wilson 1766-1813

Ying Yong Ding
An Introduction to Peter Brough, Paisley Philanthropist

Valerie Reilly
A Paisley Thread: the Philanthropic Influence of Coats and Clark

Kirsten Kininmonth
Max Weber and Paisley?: the Case of the Coats Family

Peiran Su
A Brief History of AF Craig & Co Ltd at the Caledonian Works

Marie Fletcher
A 1920’s Snapshot of the Rechabites in Paisley

Please note: Running order and final talk titles may vary from the above.

This event will take place in Paisley Town Hall from 9.30am-4.30pm on Wednesday 27 June. Arrival from 9am with tea and coffee available; lunch break from 12.30pm-1.30pm.

Places are limited, so please book in advance.

To book your place, email or call 0141 618 7939.

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The town that thread built

Wandering down cobbled wynds, up hidden stairs, going inside the wonderful green-roofed abbey and finding the tomb of Marjorie Bruce – what a revelation. Paisley is so rich with history – and I started wondering – why do we not shout about this place more? Why don’t we tell Paisley’s story to the world?

Karen Campbell

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