Seven Lochs team are keen to support local residents, schools and community organisations to explore, learn, share and celebrate their heritage in active, innovative and fun ways - from creating exhibitions and finding new ways to explore nature to experimental archaeology and excavations! If you have an idea for a project but not sure where to get started we can help with planning, fundraising, and delivery. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out our recent and ongoing projects below.
Seven Lochs: A History Shaped by Water was designed by Seven Lochs Wetland Park in partnership with local communities as part of Visit Scotland's Year of Coasts of Waters. It was supported by Historic Environment Scotland and the National Heritage Lottery Fund.
The project explored how the inland water of the Seven Lochs Wetland Park has attracted and supported human habitation for over 10,000 years. Through a series of activities, five community groups explored an historic period or theme illustrated by a heritage collection or archaeological site(s) discovered within the park. Their findings were brought together to create engaging online interpretation that tells the watery history of the Seven Lochs.
Explore the stories of the park here: www.historyshapedbywater.org
In 2021, Shelters for Lochside Learning saw local schools and residents work with Seven Lochs staff and artists Owen Clarke and Martin Campbell to upcycle three redundant shelters at Hogganfield Loch. The design of each shelter was inspired by a theme celebrating the importance of Scotland's freshwaters to people and nature.
The project was led by Friends of Glasgow Local Nature Reserves and Seven Lochs Wetland Park in association with Platform and was supported by Nature Scotland Plunge In! Coasts and Waters Community Fund.
Sunnyside Primary, P6 Polar Explorers looked at the importance of the water cycle in supporting life, and the impact of climate change on the cycle. Pupils created sensory maps of the loch and their drawings inspired the waveforms that decorate interior of the shelter.
The Water's Wildlife was the theme for Croftcroighn School's shelter. Here the pupils are using found objects, such as feather and fronds, to make marks and patterns in clay tiles. Coloured casts of the tiles were then used by Owen and Martin to create concrete replicas which now decorate the shelter design.
Our final theme explored the many ways the loch has benefited local people - past and present. Local residents shared their memories of time spent at the loch and why it remains an important part of the community.
Owen and Martin explored sensory elements of the park with the pupils. Their IMPRINT activity played with textures by using found objects at Hogganfield Loch to make marks and patterns in clay tiles, which pupils then made casts from using coloured plaster. The casts were then used by Owen and Martin to create concrete replicas to incorporate into the shelter design.
Make your own sensory map of Hogganfield and other short activities:
A Sense of Bishop Loch led by Seven Lochs Wetland Park and Forestry Land Services (FLS) in association with Platform, explored Bishop Loch and surrounding woodlands using sight, sound, taste, touch and smell.
Artists Audrey O'Brien and Alice Dansey-Wright delivered a series of interactive outdoor workshops for local community groups. The aim was to elicit and capture creative responses to the nature and history of Bishop Loch.
During winter walks participants collected natural materials of varying texture, colour and scent. Back in the studio, participants used their found materials to create artworks to explore the relationship between nature and everyday life. You can see some of their arrangements here: Slideshow Creation Nature
With help from living history experts, Clanranald Trust for Scotland, students from Lochend Community High School went back to the medieval period to explore how the abundance of natural resources made Bishop Loch and the surrounding hunting estate so important to the Bishops of Glasgow Cathedral. Audrey and Alice also visited Abbey Court Residential Facility to discover more about the recent history of the loch from older residents of Easterhouse.
These workshops inspired A Sense of Bishop's Loch Exploration Pack which has lots of creative ideas and innovative activities that will help you make the most of your travels around Bishop Loch and Easterhouse Woodlands. Downloaded the full pack: A Sense of Bishop's Loch Exploration Pack [10Mb] or individual activity sheets:
Explore, enjoy, and share your creative journeys using #asenseofbishopsloch
A community pilot excavation, led by Seven Lochs Wetland Park and Northlight Heritage investigated a Inchneuk Tower in Glenboig in 2018. The excavation uncovered what is likely to be a corner of the towerhouse and some later 18th/19th century farm buildings. There is still much to be discovered about this site to elucidate the layout and development of the site, in particular the surviving extent of the tower and internal layout and use as well as the relationship between the tower and adjacent buildings.