This year the Whithorn Trust will be twenty five years old. The organisation was launched at the General Assemby of the Church of Scotland in 1986 and in celebration the temporary exhibition ‘Held in Trust’ will be opened tonight (Friday 20th May) at 7pm.
Stranraer Museum has kindy loaned 25 paintings from its collection including the Wigtownshire Educational Trust Collection. The exhibition will run until July 11 and the Centre is open daily from 10.30am – 5pm. The exhibition includes oil paintings, watercolours and etchings from the early 19th century to the modern day.
The following week the Trust is taking its travelling exhibition which outlines the history of the area and Whithorn to Edinburgh. It will be on display at the General Assembly and there will be a birthday lunch to which all Commissioners and all of the churches in Edinburgh have been invited. As part of a project kindly funded by Rural Dumfries and Galloway Leader the exhibition has already visited Downpatrick in Ireland, Paisley and will be going to the Manx TT.
Over the years many things have happened at the Trust including several archaeological excavations, opening of the visitor centre, development of the exhibitions of the artefacts from the excavations, countless television and radio programmes including Songs of Praise with Harry Secombe and even a visit by His Royal Highness Prince Charles.