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Leighton Library, Dunblane

Scotland's oldest purpose-built independent library founded in 1687

Story of the Restoration 1 June 2023

Leighton Library Restoration Story Event 1 June 2023

The story of the restoration so far of Dunblane's historic 17th century Leighton Library, held on Thursday 1 June at Dunblane Cathedral

🚪 The event included opportunity to see detailed photographs taken by Tom Astbury during the restoration work, as well as examples of masonry provided by Scott Gillies, master stone mason from Gillies and Farrell Stonemasons undertaking the restoration of this 17th-century building

🗣️ In this video hear from those closely involved in the restoration project:

0:00- Title screen

0:11- 📚 Opening Address from Alastair MacDonald of the Leighton Library Executive Group

3:30- 🪙 Words of welcome and thanks from The Right Honourable The Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, Patron of the Leighton Library

8:40- 📚 Hear why the Leighton Library Collection is so important, from Dr Kelsey Jackson Williams, Associate Professor of Early Modern Literature at the University of Stirling

26:18- 🏛️ Listen to Rosalind Taylor, founder of the architects Tod and Taylor in Edinburgh, talk about the Architectural Restoration of the Leighton Library

58:35- ⚒️ Listen to Graciela Ainsworth, sculpture conservationist, founder of Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation, about the Story of the Cartouche

1:33:52- Hear from Rev Colin Renwick, Minister of Dunblane Cathedral and Chair of the Leighton Library Trust encouraging support for the Leighton Library Restoration appeal

💷 If you'd like to find out more about Dunblane's historic Leighton Library, or to give a donation to support the Leighton Library Restoration Appeal to help ensure the Leighton Library can continue to be enjoyed for future generations, then do please use the following link:

Leighton Library, Dunblane | Leighton Library Restoration

📝 And let us know your thoughts on how we might develop the Leighton Library to make use of an existing space (known as the undercroft) on the ground floor beneath the library on the first floor to create a new visitor facility, engagement space, and exhibition area by filling in our survey:

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