In pictures: Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Days 2018

Tuesday 11th September, 2018

Historic buildings and locations across Renfrewshire opened their doors to thousands of visitors on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September as part of Doors Open Days.

Part of a worldwide event with over 50 countries taking part, Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Days celebrates the fantastic design and architectural history of the region.

Popular sites, including the John Neilson Institute, Paisley Town Hall and the Russell Institute welcomed hundreds of visitors through their doors.

Plus, for the first time, members of the public were invited inside the mysterious Abbey Drain – exclusively for Doors Open Days. The 90-metre-long medieval structure was first discovered in 1879 and then rediscovered in 1990. Over 1000 people applied for the unique opportunity with tickets allocated through a ballot for the tours, which was led by expert Bob Will from GUARD Archaeology.

Paisley Museum and Art Galleries hosted a Museum Memories film evening in advance of the planned closure later this month to prepare for a £42m refurbishment, and hundreds of people took to the Gleniffer Braes on Sunday as River City star, Tom Urie, and a series of local acts kept the crowds entertained all afternoon.

Those interested in the weaving history of the area had the opportunity to visit the Sma’ Shot Cottages and the Kilbarchan Weavers Cottage.

Members of the public were also able to explore Paisley: The Secret Collection and see thousands of objects reflecting Renfrewshire’s amazing heritage and culture.

There was something for everyone, with the RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve allowing visitors a chance to get up close with wildlife, and several walking tours around Renfrewshire focusing on the rich history and heritage of the area.

Take a look at some of the best pictures from the weekend with our gallery above.

Many urban areas would love to have a measure of the pedigree that this post-industrial conurbation boasts. Aside from its textile legacy, and illustrious denizens, Paisley has an incredible architectural heritage, from the 12th-Century Abbey, with its glorious Edward Burne-Jones windows, to its Victorian Observatory, to the stunning Art Deco Russell Institute.

Gemma Fullham
Reporter, Irish Independent