Friday, 31 January 2014

The Comet - The Paddle Steamer that Made History

On Monday 10th February the Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, will be hosting a small exhibition on Henry Bell and his historic steamship, the P.S. Comet. The exhibition will until run until the evening of Wednesday 26th February, culminating in a drama detailing the life of Henry Bell, and his plans to bring steam powered travel the the Clyde. Tickets cost £10 Adult, £8 concessions and can be collected from the Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock.

The drama will also run on the afternoon of Wednesday 26th February, however this showing is exclusively for local schools, sponsored by Inverclyde Community Development Trust, and any schools wishing to obtain FREE tickets should contact our Heritage Development Coordinator, Kay Clark on, or call Dutch Gable House on 724765. Tickets are limited, so act now to avoid disappointment.

If you're a keen subscriber to our blog you'll know that the team here at The Dutch Gable have a bit of a soft spot for the paddle steamer, having done a short series of posts which you can view HERE.

But that's not all!

Identity @ The Dutch Gable will be lending a few bits and bobs to the exhibition. So if you're one of the unfortunate few who have yet to see our Comet Animation, featuring pupils from St. Johns Primary School in Port Glasgow, or have not seen out P.S. Comet documentary, then we strongly encourage you to get along to the Beacon!

Thursday, 30 January 2014


It seems like such a loooong time since Christmas now, and Spring has yet to arrive, so to pass the grim and chilly February, we thought we'd tell you about some of the things we have lined up in the Gable for this year. Just, a wee teaser for now, much more detail on all of these to follow soon...

Our volunteers are busily researching the history of the Gable and the streets surrounding for an upcoming exhibition, and they have also been helping collect stories for the White Gold project in the Sugar Sheds. The Gable research group continues to meet every Tuesday morning on the middle floor from 10 - 12.

We are delighted to be working with Greenock Burns Club (the Mother Club) on bringing some of their archive out for display, they now have a dedicated space on the middle floor, which will shortly feature an exhibition on Burns and Highland Mary.

The hugely popular Violet Skulls Market will open its doors on Saturday March 15th, and Magic Torch will be once again running a series of storytelling evenings and training sessions and premiering their new Viking exhibition based on John Galt's legendary gothic poem. Our Newark Products shop also has a whole new range for spring which will be unveiled soon.

Our new WWI project, Working the War, will also be kicking off shortly. While later in the year, we'll be helping launch another new children's storybook and sharing further comic strip adventures of Sir Glen Douglas Rhodes, one of the Gable's more mysterious residents. Plus we'll be running comic making sessions for folk who want to tell their own tall tales. Oh! And an exhibition exploring John Donald's Old Greenock Characters...

All of this while we continue to work in bringing in further funding to develop what's on show and protect the Back House to make it another space available for community heritage and events...So it's all go.

It only works with your support though, so meantime, remember if you have a story you want to share, or even an idea for something you would like to try, just pop in or drop us a line.

You can keep up to date with all Gable events and news via our Dutch Gable app, on the blog here, or via our facebook page.