150 Tree Rings

This book 150 Tree Rings – Memories of the old Argyll and Bute Hospital was created by the Mid Argyll Youth Forum & the 5/6 Personal Development Award Group, Lochgilphead. This has been an intergenerational project between the young people of Mid Argyll, the hospital staff and former patients and members of the Blarbuie Woodlands Group. Photos and book layout were made during a course with talc.’s Media Artists Nicole Heidtke & Stefan Baumberger.

Book Content: The original Mid Argyll Hospital opened in 1863 as the Lochgilphead (or Mid Argyll) Isolation Hospital and the poorhouse which is now office accommodation for the current Mid Argyll Hospital. The young people decided to compile a book on people’s memories of their time associated with the hospital and photographs that evoked and stimulated visions of both good times and bad times.
They have also undertaken the task of designing, developing and installing a structure in the woodlands to commemorate the 150 years of the old hospital. It was decided that engraving the tree rings with words like “hope”, “peacefulness” and “safety” would evoke an empathic picture of what the installation was trying to achieve – a concept that runs throughout this publication.

Project Participants: Ben McGlynn, Nicola Ellis, David Hatton, Lewis King, Lorne Harvey, Connie Spriddell, Ewan Meikle, Kanisha Kirkhope, Georgia McKillop, Sasha Savins, John Evans, Zoe Sutherland, Hannah Nicolson, Sarah Nicolson, Orla Flanagan and Myrin Robertson.

Community Learning and Development Worker: Raymond Flanagan
Behavioural Support Teacher: Bernine White
Blarbuie Woodlands: Dr Grace Fergusson, Jess Grant, Brenda Blatt, Sian McQueen, Diane Thomas.

Graphic Design & Photography Class: Nicole Heidtke & Stefan Baumberger, Media Artists at Templar Arts and Leisure Centre, Tarbert.

Other Contributors: Hugh Fife, Dougie Philand, Andrea Fisher, Fiona Kalache, Ian Brown, Edith King, Donna McKellar, Councillor Donnie MacMillan.