Inchinnan Farmlands to Erskine Community
In 2012 the group were one of the first in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) ‘’All Our Stories’’ grant. The project was to investigate the change of the Inchinnan area from rural farmlands to becoming the urban community of Erskine and the impact this change had on the people involved.
The grant programme ‘’All Our Stories’’ was designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. HLF support has enabled community groups to carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage. The Farmlands project was one of hundreds of successful projects around the UK to receive a grant. IHIG’s objective for the project was to digitally capture, preserve and make accessible the heritage of the area.
The oral history project recorded the memories of those who worked and owned the lands around Inchinnan and who were witness to the various developments that were made in farming life. It also recorded the changes in the way of life that were experienced by the local population who were displaced by the development in the late 1960s and early 1970s; as well as recording the impact made by the ‘new community’ on the rural village of Inchinnan. The group was able to capture the memories of people who experienced many years of life in an agricultural setting that to a large extent no longer exists. The oral testimonies helped to provide a unique insight into the heritage of the area. The completed film was presented to the public in the Spring of 2014 and is now available on YouTube via the link below.