Saturday 4 June ( 11:00 - 15:00 )

Scottish Maritime Museum (Denny Tank) , Castle Street, Dumbarton G82 1QS

Join us and hear stories of Skylark’s wartime service during Operation Dynamo and working life as a passenger boat. See memorabilia from her time taking Veterans out for Remembrance events on Loch Lomond on show by Lomond Parish Church.

Enjoy a sneak preview of the new Skylark IX Community Tapestry being created by the Project’s textile group, Skylark IX in Stitches, and add a stitch or two yourself!

Every Voice Community Choir, Dumbarton’s popular, dementia friendly singing group run in association with Alzheimer Scotland, will also get toes tapping with two performances on the day.

Other live performances will include poems and stories by writing groups at The Phoenix and Reid Macewen Activities Centre at Erskine Veteran Village as well as talks on Skylark IX’s history.

There’ll also be fun family crafting with model boatbuilding with recycled materials and storybook or ‘zine’ making. The Scottish Maritime Museum’s Education Team will also get everyone thinking with activities exploring buoyancy and what makes boats float.

Alternatives Community-based Recovery’s Sweet Success Café will serve up delicious gingerbread, lemon drizzle cake, Victoria sponge and other freshly baked goodies.

On the day, entry to the Scottish Maritime Museum will also be free. As well as seeing the world’s oldest hull model experiment tank and maritime heritage, inside the Museum visitors will enjoy a visit to the Skylark IX Recovery Project’s new Hope Floats exhibition and Boatbuilding Workshop.

In the Skylark IX Recovery Project’s Boatbuilding Workshop, everyone can see ‘Happy Days’, the Project’s first skiff which was built by Volunteer Trainees recovering from addictions and members of the community.

Younger visitors, between 5 – 12 years of age, will get the chance to enter a competition to name the Project’s second skiff, built by the Museum’s Scottish Boat Building School.

The Skylark IX Stories event has been supported by the Year of Stories 2022 Community Stories Fund. This fund is being delivered in partnership between Visit Scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund thanks to National Lottery players.

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