“Then and Now” a fascinating exhibition, commemorating the lives of local railwaymen who fought in WW1, is moving into Kilmarnock Town Centre following a very successful showing at the Kilmarnock Station Railway Heritage Trust at the Railway Station.
Originally compiled by primary pupils from across East Ayrshire, supported by secondary pupils, Kilmarnock and District History Group and East Ayrshire Family History Centre and funded thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the exhibition pieces together the stories of local railway workers and how they and their families were impacted by the First World War. It was first unveiled to coincide with Armistice Day and ran until 25 November 2016.
But now, thanks to Scott Darroch, manager of the Burns Mall, shoppers and visitors to the town centre will have a second chance to see the exhibition, in its new site in the former BHS store on King Street.
Fiona Nicolson, Town Centre Manager, who negotiated the move said: “Scott Darroch gave us permission and access to this window space to allow the people of Kilmarnock to see this fabulous work. Even as it was being installed people were stopping to have a look. It’s very touching that our youngsters have paid tribute to these soldiers in this way. I would encourage everyone to come and have a look whilst we have this display in King St”