Dumby goes 3D!

Mhairi, ACCORD RA, having a go at a HVS traverse at Dumby. Need to get training...

Mhairi, ACCORD RA, having a go at a HVS traverse at Dumby!

Our next project will be at Dumbarton Rocks, near Glasgow, from the 7th to the 10th of July.

Our interest is not the castle which sits atop these rocks, but the majestic rocks themselves and their modern heritage, particularly as world famous climbing venue (http://www.dumby.info/)!  If you frequent the rocks (as a climber, graffitti tagger or as a place to hang-out) we want to hear from you!

Contact M.Maxwell@gsa.ac.uk for the details on how to get involved.

John Stewart-Watson, who publishes climbing guides on the area and has been climbing here for c.20 years writes (http://stonecountry.blogspot.co.uk/):

I have been going on for years about Dumbarton Rock being one of our finest examples of modern ‘sporting heritage’, a kind of living history and an example of community ‘ownership’ (I use this in the least possessive sense) through simple occupation and use, under the shadow of more static heritage (I mean no disrespect to Historic Scotland and the castle!). It’s how we create identity after all and is part of the greater weave of history, but seen from the ground-up and the everyday. Continue reading


ACCORD Out & About!


It’s been a busy few weeks!… We have been hanging out in graveyards (meeting with the Friends of the Glasgow Necropolis), scrambling up rocks (with the climbers at Dumbarton) and wandering around abandoned gun batteries (with the Health Walks and How Old Are Yew groups in Castlemilk). See more pictures of our escapades here. And keep your eyes on this blog, check out twitter @ACCORD_project for announcements of fieldwork projects!

Here we are at the WW2 battery, next to Castlemilk, Glasgow:

ImageImageImageImageWW2 battery remains, Castlemilk/ Carmunnock.