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W lc m t Our news pages are often filled with details of exciting new projects which are working to keep a record of our past, be it oral history recordings, new museum exhibitions or the building of special monuments.
We might not have a museum just yet, but Scottish Memories is doing its bit for the future, ensuring memories of life in the twentieth century are recorded and shared, so thank you to the many hundreds of readers who have sent in their stories for our Scotland Remembered pages and for this month’s wonderful ‘My first car’ feature (page 14).
its bit for the future, ensuring memories of life in the twentieth century are recorded and
This month we will be continuing our quest to share each other’s recollections of the past by launching a brand new website. The ‘Celebrate Scotland’ site is the new home for both Scottish Memories and our sister title History Scotland. The site will feature news updates, event listings, subscription offers and much more. But the really exciting part of the site is the ‘Reader Memories’ section, which features more of your wonderful stories of the past and allows us to share them with people from around the world. Take a look at the site (www.celebrate-scotland. co.uk), let me know what you think, and keep the memories coming in to the usual address.
While I am on the subject of technology, you may also be interested to know that each issue of Scottish Memories can be read on a computer or an ipad, giving readers around the world the chance to read the magazine wherever they are. We might focus on the past, but we also like to keep up with the times, but whatever format you prefer, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this month’s selection of wonderful memories.
C t ts 5 Then and now A new look for John O’Groats, and new oral history collection
Matt Hill, Editor
35 WIN! a break worth £480! Your chance to win a holiday in a historical Edinburgh building
12 Memories mailbox Readers’ letters. Plus, George Forbes’ popular Writing to Remember column
14 My first… car Readers recall the excitement of owning their first set of wheels
18 Jim ‘Scoop’ Taylor Iconic photographs of life in the Spey Valley in the Sixties and Seventies
20 Putting the house to bed What happens once a National Trust for Scotland property closes for the season
22 Celebrating the empire The transformation of Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park into an empire exhibition which entranced thousands of visitors
24 Year to remember: 1978 Films, music, headlines and prices from the Seventies
27 Destination John O’Groats Your in-depth travel guide to Scotland’s stunning north-eastern coastline
32 A cheeky wee vintage Aileen Torrance recalls her father’s forays into the world of home brewing in the Seventies
36 Scotland’s most beautiful place? We visit one of Loch Lomond’s little-known islands, an idyllic destination reached by vintage wooden steamer 39 Reader memories Make do and mend, Alloa hospital, door-todoor Hoover sales, clothes shopping in the Fifties and visits to granny
44 Quintinshill train disaster The tragic story behind Scotland’s worst-ever rail disaster
46 The Buttercup Dairy Company Recollections of the high street chain whose distinctive shop interiors, featuring a girl and cow motif, became well-known
48 Sights and sounds of Scotland We give you the lowdown on the latest books and CDs with a Scottish flavour
50 A country constable Our 1950s fiction series continues as WPC McReadie clashes with the local doctor
51 Scottish Memories book club Wonderful books at fantastic prices!
52 Puzzles WIN! Put the kettle on, sit back and relax with our page of puzzles and competitions!
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