Moniaive Initiative are collaborating on an new heritage project with Jackie and Chris Lee of Moniaive-based Artemis Scotland, which specialises in heritage interpretation.  Together we would like to invite you to participate in a community project that highlights HOME and will focus on the Bank Holiday weekend of 1st-3rd May 2021.

We would like you all to join in: becoming ‘heritage detectives’ to uncover the stories of your home. What is special about the place where you live? What is your house made of, and does it have any special features?  Is it old or new?   Are there any stories about it?  Who used to live there? What was there before your house was built? Perhaps it is not the physical building itself which speaks of home to you. Perhaps it is an object with a story – a shepherd’s crook, a chair, a patchwork quilt, a photograph of the milkman’s horse. It might be an experience about village shops that have gone, a gala day or a memory of the “great snow”.  And it’s not just the story of those who have lived in Glencairn for generations we are interested in hearing.  Everyone’s story is important, even if you have just arrived here. 

We are inviting residents of Moniaive to create window displays for the May Bank Holiday weekend.  Be as imaginative and creative as possible on the theme of At Home. Think of it as creating a mini museum or gallery that will be part of a trail around the village.  People will be able to follow the trail at their leisure over the course of the weekend, according to whatever rules are in place at the time. It is not a competition, just some creative fun with some heritage information on the side.

We are still developing ideas to involve those who live in the wider Glencairn area, either through use of ‘spare’ windows or through displays in outdoor spaces. We also aim to create a ‘virtual scrapbook’ of displays to be viewed online. If you live outwith Moniaive, and would like help finding a suitable space to display your AT HOME ideas, please contact us: we’re here to help!

On the weekend we aim to mark as many of the ‘display’ windows as possible with our AT HOME logo, so that everyone will know which windows they are allowed to look in. If you have access to a printer, and want to print off your own copy (or add it to your own printouts) you can access the logo here:

To put the At Home trail into context, we will provide an updated heritage trail of village landmarks, looking at the stories of the heritage sites we know well, and few that have been forgotten. There will be some old ones, some new ones, some loved ones, and some neglected ones. Again, the idea is that you follow the trail at your leisure, within the current social distancing guidelines. Leaflets of the Trail will be available in the village over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Where do I start?

For those with internet access, we recommend you start by checking if your home is listed on the National Record of the Historic Environmentwebsite called Canmore at:


If you type key words like ‘Moniaive’ or ‘Glencairn’ into the SEARCH box, it will bring up Site Records on the front tab, and an interactive Map on the second tab. By clicking on the map, you can zoom down to building level.  If your building is overlaid with a black dot, you can click on that to access the information held on file. This might include date information, building construction details, or digital images or documents.

Over the coming weeks we will be offering further tips on research which we will share HERE and on the Moniaive Initiative and Artemis Scotland Facebook pages.

We have also produced a leaflet so that those without internet access are still able to participate. Copies are available at Watsons Grocers.

For your well being

One last thing, as with any community project, it is important to respect other peoples’ privacy. Any information that you chose to share should not compromise your own, or other people’s privacy, safety or security.  We ask that you do not reference living persons, or share (identifying) photos of them, without their permission.  We likewise suggest that you think carefully about the type of photos of your home that you share.  This is not about revealing where you hide the Rembrandt!

We hope this project will inspire you, and the local organisations and businesses that are part of our daily life, to begin to build on our heritage. Your suggestions and feedback are welcome.  We hope At Home is just a beginning; the past has a long future!