Stories from the Villages

Film Screening and Community Events in East Ayrshire, August-October 2022

Illustration in black and white of a row of houses with a mining wheel and chimney stack behind

Lost Villages is taking part in the Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 with a series of four community events in East Ayrshire to share some of the history of the Lost Villages.

Three women in 1940s fashion in the garden of a house
Chrissy McMurdo and colleagues, Commondyke c. 1940s Image courtesy of Rab McMurdo

Come along to see some fantastic archive film footage of Ayrshire mining villages, featuring the villages of Darnconner and Lethanhill. We will hear some of the stories we’ve collected so far.

You can also share your story, or your family’s story, of the Lost Villages with us on day.

We will be visiting four communities:

Auchinleck/Cumnock – Saturday 20th August, Boswell Centre, Auchinleck, 11am -2pm

Muirkirk – Saturday 17th September, Muirkirk Community Rooms, 11am-2pm

Dalmellington – Saturday 8th October, Dalmellington Community Centre, 11am-2pm

Lugar Heritage Centre, Date to be confirmed.

There will be activities for the kids and refreshments. Also, at some events we will have live music and poetry reading about mining in Ayrshire.

We are really looking forward to sharing this history with the communities and seeing everyone in person! 

black and white photography with two rows of houses with a ironworks towering over it in the background. The iron works has three chimney stacks.
Lugar c. 1910

This event has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between VisitScotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players. 

Also, thank you to the National Library of Scotland, Moving Image archive  for their help with the archive footage. 

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