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Ah’ll Chum Ye Hame’ with Rita Bradd

Rita Bradd

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]‘Ah’ll Chum Ye Hame’ with Rita Bradd, The Atrium Anchor Mill, 2-3:30pm Sat 13 Sept

Rita Bradd give an illustrated talk about her personal journey on the 150 year-old clipper ship, City of Adelaide (formerly Carrick). A unique and epic seventy-day voyage from Rotterdam touching 4 continents before arriving at her namesake City in South Australia.

Come and hear tales of the diasporic web that weaves across the planet and the sounds of the clarsach.

Rita Bradd

Free event http://www.ritabradd.com Part of the programme of events for The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry now open at The Atrium, Anchor Mill Paisley PA1 1JR.

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Great Tapestry of Scotland Paisley Photographs

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Great Tapestry of Scotland Paisley Photographs

Exhibition in Anchor Mill, Paisley

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is threading its way west, back to the home of Scotland’s great thread industry – the Town of Paisley – its only visit to the West of Scotland in 2014. It will be exhibited in The Atrium of the beautiful and historic Anchor Mill which sits beside The Hamills at the White Cart River, a short walk along the river from the Paisley Cross.

The Exhibition is on 

3rd May to 8th June 2014

Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 6pm

Wednesday & Thursday 10am to 8pm

Artistry – Heritage – Community & Friendship

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All photographs are taken by Tracey Clements of www.paisley.org.uk

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The Great Tapestry of Scotland coming to Paisley

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The Great Tapestry of Scotland coming to Paisley.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition will run from 3rd May until 8th June, open 10-6pm Tuesday to Sunday and till 8 Wednesday/Thursday. One of our members Ian Rae kindly sent in some photographs of the Great Tapestry of Scotland on a recent visit to Edinburgh, this will be displayed in the atrium of Anchor Mill which is a fitting place to view such a wonderful part of Scottish History.

You can also follow the progress of the exhibition on one of our partner websites Paisley Patter which is based at the Paisley Thread Mill Museum. Thank you to Ian Rae for sending in these excellent photographs.

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Gathering Threads – A Celebration

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Gathering Threads – A Celebration

‘Paisley was the mills and the mills were Paisley’ *

Thanks to the generosity of Mr Marcus Dean, the Anchor Mill Atrium appropriately hosted 200 enthusiastic Renfrewshire school children – a credit to their schools – to celebrate the publication of their ‘Gathering Threads’ anthology.

The school children have been working with local poets: Mo Blake, Kathryn Daly and Tracy Patrick, learning about their local mill heritage, increasing their writing skills, visiting the Paisley Thread Mill Museum, interviewing past mill workers and recording their impressions in poetry, drama and art. Their wonderful writing is published in the ‘Gathering Threads’ anthology. The cover images and internal artwork are the winning pieces from the project’s art competition, judged by the Convenor of Education, Cllr Jacqueline Henry, Margaret Burleigh of the Paisley Thread Mill Museum committee and Caroline Watson, local artist and committee member of Weaving Musical Threads. The ‘Gathering Threads’ project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, All Our Stories fund, Renfrewshire Council Education Department and the arts association, Weaving Musical Threads. The All Our Stories fund was launched last year to support and enable people to explore, share and celebrate their local heritage and the Gathering Threads project was one of the first in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories grant.

At the start of the ‘Gathering Threads’ project, local poet and workshop leader, Tracy Patrick said; “It’s a fabulous opportunity to explore the history of Paisley’s Thread Mills. There are so many stories to discover, spanning generations of people who worked in the mills and we’re especially thrilled that young people in Renfrewshire will now have the opportunity to engage creatively with that history and preserve it for future generations.”

The celebration in the historic Anchor Mill was a joy to be part of. A selection of the pupils from the Renfrewshire schools that took part in the project: Gallowhill Primary, Glencoats Primary, St. John Ogilvie Primary, St. Mary’s Primary, West Primary, Williamsburgh Primary and Paisley Grammar School, recited their poetry and drama in the Atrium.  Margaret Muir spoke on behalf of the Thread Mill Museum and Cllr Jacqueline Henry – whose own mother worked in the mills, in fact in Anchor Mill itself, and clearly remembers those busy days of Paisley’s industrial heritage – spoke on behalf of Renfrewshire Council Education Department. Every child was presented with a copy of their ‘Gathering Threads’ anthology and a Certificate of Achievement for participation in this very valuable and most enjoyable project.

Further copies of the ‘Gathering Threads’ anthology will be available from the Paisley Thread Mill Museum – which, with added volunteer assistance, for the first time will be able to be open during the winter months every Wednesday and Saturday from 12noon to 4pm.

Photographs are thanks to Weaving Musical Threads and to Brian McGuire and Ian McDonald of paisley.org.uk
*Margaret McFadden in ‘Mill Memories’ by Evelyn Hood

Old Paisley  

Old Paisley’s women working hard

Making Paisley Proud.

The men getting the easier jobs

And getting more money than the lassies.

The lassies only getting 65 pence a week.

“Nae mare!” they all said.

Thousands of Paisley Mill lassies marching

Oot the gates of old Paisley Mills shouting,

“Come on ladies let’s get a fair pay equal to the lads!”

Then old Paisley’s mills

were working once again in Old Paisley.

 

by Mirren Porteous

formerly of West Primary School, now S1 pupil at Castlehead Secondary School

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Launch of Renfrewshire’s Mill Girls on Tour

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Launch of Renfrewshire’s Mill Girls on Tour at the Atrium, Anchor Mill, Abbey Mill Business Centre

Saturday 7th September, performances at 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Weaving Musical Threads presents ‘Mill Girls on Tour’. A spell-binding synergy of poetry, performance and musical interludes inspired by the famous mill girls of Renfrewshire. Four local writers Tracy Patrick, Gwen McKerrell, Kathryn Daly and Mo Blake bring the stories to life: the trials and triumphs, the feistiness and resilience of the women who worked in the mills and brought a unique energy to the town. Joining them is Scottish singer songwriter, Anna MacDonald.

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Come along and see Mill Girls on Tour; remembering and celebrating an important part of our social and industrial heritage. A home-grown production with heart and humour, guaranteed to cheer.

Tickets: £5.00 (includes refreshments) can be purchased by contacting info@weavingmusicalthreads.com or call 07990981682
Mill Girls anthology and cds available to purchase.
Lift access to Atrium.

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The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry

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The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry Exhibition Launch Photographs

The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry is exhibited in the atrium of Anchor Mill, Thread Street, Paisley from 27th April-4th May 2013, weekdays from 2pm-8pm and weekends from 11am-4pm. Free entry.

The exhibition was opened by Paisley MSP George Adam, all photographs taken for Paisley on the web by Brian McGuire.

You can also find a lot more information about Paisley Patter by visiting www.paisleypatter.org.uk and also the Paisley Development Trust by visiting www.thepdt.org.uk