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"Who do you think you are" as Ayrshire's history is brought back to life

 25 May 2016  |  

The History Fair takes place at the Walker Halls in Troon on Saturday 4 June

The History Fair takes place at the Walker Halls in Troon on Saturday 4 June

Tales from Ayrshire's smuggling past, uncovering the county's earliest history, and a battle for Burns are all taking centre stage at this year's History Fair in Troon. Taking place at the Walker Halls on Saturday 4 June, a full programme of events is being put on to cater for a wide variety of tastes.

Organised by South Ayrshire Council, the annual South Ayrshire History and Family History Fair gives visitors the chance to discover a wide range of stalls offering advice and guidance on family history, tracing your roots, exploring local and national history as well as a specialist Scottish bookshop. Admission to the stalls is free.

Among this year's highlights are a series of talks including:

  • 'The Smuggling Coast from Stranraer to Girvan' by scholar, Francis Wilkins
  • 'Ayrshire before history – a look at early sites and their history' by Tom Barclay, local Studies Librarian at South Ayrshire Council
  • 'Men at war – the race to erect a statute of Robert Burns' by Chris Whatley, Emeritus Professor of Scottish History, University or Dundee
  • 'A founder's workshop from the Bronze Age – excavations from the shadow of Hunterston' by Thomas Rees from Rathmell Archaeology Ltd

Jill Cronin, South Ayrshire Council's Head of Enterprise, Development and Leisure said this year's event had a lot to offer, "Families are fascinated by their own sometimes hidden pasts and with a range of genealogy experts on hand we'll be able to help people find out more about their own secret histories.

"With a range of public stalls offering free advice and tips, people also have the chance to attend the series of paid talks which promise to offer intriguing insights into Ayrshire's past.

"Given the response we've had in previous years we're sure we'll have a great turnout for an event which has proved to be an enduring local favourite in recent years."

Tickets for the talks are priced at £3 per talk, or £5 for two. £10 will buy a ticket for entry to all talks and tickets can be purchased from Troon Library, Carnegie Library in Ayr or at the door on the day.

Anyone who would like further information, or wants to make a booking should contact South Ayrshire History and Family History Fair, Library Headquarters, John Pollock Centre, Mainholm Road, Ayr, KA8 0QD, telephone number 01292 559 316.

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