RENFREWSHIRE WITCH HUNT 1697 TOUR INVITED TO HOLYROOD.

The Paisley Development Trust project RWH 1697 touring exhibition has been invited to do a presentation to MSP’s at the Scottish Parliament on 16th May.

The invitation and request came from local Paisley MSP George Adam following his attendance at the launch of the Touring Exhibition in the Paisley Museum in April.

George seeks to showcase the work of the Paisley Development Trust and the Witch Hunt project in particular  to MSP’s as a way and means, through cultural and artistic activities, to aid the regeneration of  the town centre.   The RWH 1697 project is being delivered  and led by the Paisley Development Trust  in  a partnership of grass  roots organisations based with the needs of the local community at heart and involving local people and volunteers .

It has had considerable support from Renfrewshire Council, the Heritage Lottery fund, Leader funds and Paisley Vision Board. However, the most significant element has been the social capital that has been devoted to the project by the volunteers in terms of their time and efforts. The finale will be on June 9th when Paisley town centre will be transformed in to the cultural backdrop that surrounded the Renfrewshire Witch Trials of 1697.

Chair of the Paisley Development Trust, Alan Morris has welcomed the invitation and the Project manager, Liz Gardiner of Fablevision said:

“This invitation gives a grass roots community led organisation the opportunity to show, via the development of an area’s culture and heritage, the positive  and long term sustainable regeneration outcomes from such activity. Our local volunteers are over the moon at  the prospect of presenting the story to Parliament.

The project has already delivered two school learning packs, developed a website and carried out original research on the 1697 trials and thefamily histories of those involved.  This month we are taking our touring exhibition throughout Renfrewshire and are looking forward tothe culmination of the project, the re-enactment day on June 9th.”

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