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A History Shaped by Water

The ongoing Community Heritage Project at Seven Lochs Wetland Park sees five local community groups investigate the historical impact of the park’s inland water on human life. Seven Lochs: A History Shaped by Water is supported by Historic Environments Scotland's Coast and Waters Fund. Lindsay Farquharson, Seven Lochs Heritage Development Officer, said it was important that local groups engaged with the inland water heritage, how it has shaped human experience and continues to play such an important role in maintaining a sense of place and wellbeing.

TCV Employability Trainees are exploring the nomadic lives of Scotland's Hunters and Gatherers. They’re working with an experimental archaeologist to make some of the flint tools found in the Woodend Loch Assemblage. Participants from Glasgow Association of Mental Health focused on the crannogs during the Iron Age. They recreated artefacts during online sessions, with materials and tools sent out prior. Simon McNeill, a Group Team Co-ordinator at GAMH remarked that the project struck a balance between discursive learning and hands-on activities. A participant expressed their gratitude for how the project navigated lockdown restrictions and tailored the experience for participants.

Glenboig Youth Group is creating an animation short that shows how the inland waters were fundamental to the industrial success of Glasgow and North Lanarkshire, from the earliest grain mills of the Molendinar Burn to the Monklands Canal. The group’s creative projects will be displayed on the Seven Lochs website to inspire your own journeys through Seven Loch’s watery past.

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