Wednesday, 18 August 2010


The Croy Miners Welfare is the hub for our project and our contact group is The Croy Historical Society. The centre itself has provided us with the opportunity to create a kind of time line mural in the main hall.

This is really developing into another intergenerational project with as we have our incredibly well informed research group in The Historical Society who are also actively putting the word out to family and friends in the community about the project, and bringing in young volunteers to help with the painting.

The mural is made up of 10 panels arranged around the hall so all 4 walls are used.  Each panel will depict a different era and aspect of Croy but with subject matter that the surrounding communities will be able to relate to aswell. 

The outside framework of the Mural represents the Roses and Castle Style or Brightwork so readily associated with the barges that use the canal and the vibrant colours will frame the sepia toned images that will be the main pictures in each panel.  I will update the images as the mural is added to so you can see it progress to a finished piece.
 One of the Women of Wisdom from Kilsyth kindly came to visit and help with a little bit more painting of the mural.  Bit of Cross community work.  
  This is the underpainting for the 1st panel of Drumglass, lots of work ahead still but everyone at the centre can start to see how the will develop.
The work continues on and after the Historical Society's 10th Anniversary exhibition I will be recruiting help from our Get Ready for Work team at the College.  The Exhibition went really well and drummed up interest in the mural.  I am hoping to get in touch with the local Youth Group when they start up again to recruit their help too.

The recreated village home

The exhibition and panels of the mural

This part of the exhibition will be re created on the back wall.

1st wall in progress


  1. It's looking good so far. It'll take a wee while to finish though from the looks of things; a lot of painting to do that'll need a lot of extra helpers.

  2. I will be getting in touch with the local youth group to get them involved too. But you are right - Many hands make light work.

  3. Get Ready for Work from the college are up for coming over to lend a hand. I have also spoken to the team who organises the youth club in your area so they are on board and as soon as the youth club meets up again I will be able to get them involved in the making too.