Industry & Science: A Local Heritage

Date Occurs 21/09/2017 - 16/12/2017
Time Thur 12.30-4.40pm, Fri/Sat 10am/
Age range
Admission FREE

Kilmarnock Engineering & Science Society and Netherthird Primary School have collaborated on an exhibition which turns its attention to the rich industrial heritage of the area and also to local scientific trailblazers whose contribution to industrial progress is often overlooked. William Murdoch of Lugar was responsible for inventing gas lighting and worked closely on engineering projects with James Watt, the inventor of the steam engine. Murdoch is now celebrated in an annual festival in Cornwall, where he worked in the tin mining industry. He is less well known in his native Scotland.

The exhibition features artworks produced by pupils of Netherthird Primary School, Cumnock which are inspired by the area’s rich industrial history. The exhibition also includes a range of interactive display pieces devised by local engineer Mark Klimek which explore the fundamental principles of physics through the relationships between electricity, magnetism and light. At the same time, our attention is turned upwards towards the heavens in a display of images provided by members of Ayrshire Astronomical Society.

To accompany this exhibition, there will be 3 talks by members of Kilmarnock Engineering & Science Society (KESS).

Static Electricity & The Van De Graff Generator by Colin Barbour

THU 5 OCT · 6.30PM-7.30PM · FREE

James Clerk Maxwell - His Life, Work & Impact by Professor Danny Gorman

THU 19 OCT · 6.30PM-7.30PM · FREE

The Amazing World Of Electricity & Magnetism by Mark Klimek

THU 2 NOV · 6.30PM-7.30PM · FREE

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Venue Information

  • Baird Institute
  • 3 Lugar Street
  • Cumnock
  • East Ayrshire
  • KA18 1AD
  • Tel: 01290 427084
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Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 12.30-4.40pm & 5pm-8pm
Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm
Wheelchair access Yes
Disabled toilet facilities Yes
Car parking nearby Yes
Temporary & permanent museum & art displays Yes
Displays of key local industries - mining & iron Yes
Research Lab with maps, photographs & other documents Yes
Contemporary and fine art displays Yes
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