Past Volunteering activities have included:

  • Book preservation for the Library of the Glasgow branch of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Archive work at the Highland Light Infantry Museum in Sauchiehall Street, involving preservation and digitisation of World War I records and other documents.
  • Book preservation at the Library of the late-lamented Mackintosh Building of the Glasgow School of Art.
  • Preparation of a Heritage Trail pamphlet for New Kilpatrick Parish Church.

There is scope for members of our society to get the satisfaction from participating in similar projects. Anyone interested is asked to get in touch with any committee member (details on the back of the Membership card), or speak to Meg Macfarlane, previous Chairman, who was heavily involved in these Volunteering activities. You can contact her at Meg Macfarlane.

The Arts Society also encourages members who have special interests in the Arts to share these in ‘Study Days’. These do not need to be whole days but could be a couple of hours in a morning or afternoon. Help with putting these together is available from Peter Davies

Church Recording

Members of The Arts Society (or NADFAS, as it was then known), in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum have been recording the furnishings of churches since 1971. Over 1900 churches have been recorded, but relatively few in Scotland. In 2014,with the agreement of the minister, Roddy Hamilton, Evelyn Bryson initiated the recording of New Kilpatrick Parish Church (an ‘A listed’ building dating back to 1649 in Bearsden) by volunteers of our society led by Peter Davies and Meg Macfarlan. It was completed in July 2019. During the survey, details of the memorials, stonework, metalwork, woodwork, textiles, church records and the magnificent collection of 41 stained glass windows were recorded in great detail. This was followed by research to determine the dates, makers and associated history of each item, taking advantage of the wealth of information now available on the internet. Assistance in this was given both by members of the society and by members of the church congregation, making it a very inclusive collaborative undertaking. High resolution photographs of the most significant items were taken. Finally, the record was formatted according to the strict rules laid down by the Arts Society, by Margaret Martin, a member of the church’s Heritage Forum. Click on the images above to view a higher resolution image.

The completed record was printed by the Glasgow firm of Bell and Bain, before the hardbound copy was presented to the minister by co-leaders, Meg MacFarlane and Peter Spencer Davies at a special Sunday service. Digital copies of the record were lodged, as required, with the V and At Museum and various designated heritage and archive organisations. In a break with tradition and in recognition of the extensive help that had been given by a large number of people of Bearsden, soft-bound copies of the record have also been made available for purchase. (It is possible that they will also be available to purchase from the Bearsden Library)