Local Landscape Heroes sought in the Clyde and Avon Valley

From farmers to millers, poets to painters and everyone in between

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Date posted: Thursday, 24 November 2016

From farmers to millers and poets to painters, a new volunteering project, Local Landscape Heroes, will celebrate the people that have shaped the Clyde and Avon Valley.

Volunteers are being sought to identify local landscape heroes from Hamilton to Strathaven, New Lanark and all places in between, no matter how famous, infamous or obscure, living or dead. This will be done by a variety of means, including uncovering secrets from old diaries, digging out photos unseen for decades and re-photographing scenes today and identify pieces of art created by those inspired by the Clyde and Avon Valley.

Millie Frood (1900- 1988), Turning Hay, date unknown, Culture NL, Museums and Heritage. The influence of the expressionist movement can be seen in the abstract landscapes of Motherwell-born artist Amelia ‘Millie’ Frood. Frood, who taught in Lanarkshire, attended Glasgow School of Art and was a founder member of the New Scottish Group. CultureNL holds another Frood painting in the museum collections, titled On the Farm.Millie Frood (1900- 1988), Turning Hay, date unknown, Culture NL, Museums and Heritage. The influence of the expressionist movement can be seen in the abstract landscapes of Motherwell-born artist Amelia ‘Millie’ Frood. Frood, who taught in Lanarkshire, attended Glasgow School of Art and was a founder member of the New Scottish Group. CultureNL holds another Frood painting in the museum collections, titled On the Farm.

Drop-in sessions will take place in Hamilton Town House Archives every Thursday, 11am – 7pm, starting Thursday 1 December. Volunteers are encouraged come along and pursue their own interests and ideas about Local Landscape Heroes, from family connections to historic weavers from Stonehouse, farmers, Estate owners and ordinary working men and women. All research will feed into a final trail highlighting sites of interest around the Clyde and Avon Valley and an artworks gazetteer.

Local Landscape Heroes will be led by CAVLP Heritage and is delivered by Northlight Heritage with support from Heritage Lottery Fund supported Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) and Historic Environment Scotland.

John Lochhead (1866-1921), Country Life, date unknown, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Trust Museum Service.

John Lochhead (1866-1921), Country Life, date unknown, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Trust Museum Service.

“The Local Landscape Heroes project will help widen and enhance intellectual and physical access to the Clyde and Avon Valley by helping communities explore and interpret its historic environment and cultural heritage,” says CAVLP Heritage Project Officer Dr Paul Murtagh. 

He continues: “The project will focus on supporting a wider audience, such as volunteers, school students or those with barriers to work, to participate in research to help identify and understand Local Landscape Heroes: the people who historically changed and maintained the character of the historic environment and landscape,  those who changed the ways in which landscape was represented and understood, and those who have made a significant difference in conserving and enhancing the historic environment and landscape as it is today.”

Robert Weir Allan RSA RWS RSW (1852-1942), Winter Sunshine, date unknown, Culture NL, Museums and Heritage. Glasgow-born Weir Allan studied art in Glasgow and then Paris. He travelled widely on his return to Glasgow and specialising in landscapes. This artwork is on display at Colzium House.

Robert Weir Allan RSA RWS RSW (1852-1942), Winter Sunshine, date unknown, Culture NL, Museums and Heritage. Glasgow-born Weir Allan studied art in Glasgow and then Paris. He travelled widely on his return to Glasgow and specialising in landscapes. This artwork is on display at Colzium House.

Donna Marshall, Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership Manager adds, “Such a huge number of people have contributed in so many different ways to the cultural and physical landscape of the Clyde Valley.  The people and the plants they have grown, the animals they have cared for, the structures and designed landscapes they have built and the artists and the way they have responded have all helped shape the Clyde Valley as we know it.  This project will allow us to discover and celebrate the people who have helped form this beautiful landscape enjoyed by so many today.”

Drop-in sessions take place in the Hamilton Town House Archives every Thursday, 11am – 7pm between December and March 2017. Please get in touch with CAVLP Heritage on the details below to book your place, or discuss how you can volunteer for the project if you’re unable to attend the sessions.

Unknown artist, Duchess Anne’s Alms House, Hamilton, date unknown, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Trust Museum Service. Duchess Anne’s Alms House was located on the corner of New Wynd and Castle Street. It was first built as a hospital by Duchess Anne in the mid 17th century before becoming an alms house in the early 18th century.

Unknown artist, Duchess Anne’s Alms House, Hamilton, date unknown, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture Trust Museum Service. Duchess Anne’s Alms House was located on the corner of New Wynd and Castle Street. It was first built as a hospital by Duchess Anne in the mid 17th century before becoming an alms house in the early 18th century.

The CAVLP Heritage team encourages anyone who is interested in the project to contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01555 663 430, follow them on Facebook at CAVLP Heritage or on Twitter @CAVLPHeritage. Keep up to date with project announcements on this website.

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