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Light up the Town at Biggar Gasworks

12 October 2012

Biggar Gasworks, the only preserved gasworks in Scotland, is holding an admission-free open day on Sunday 21st October 2012 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Alison Stalker, Historic Scotland’s Assistant Events Manager said: “When you enter Biggar Gasworks you step right back in time and even the coal barrows and shovels remain.

“Come along and meet the local gasman and find out about his daily routine at the gasworks. Hear about the decline of the industry and its effects on the local community.”

Even though the buildings and equipment have been renewed and replaced down the years, almost everything is there – coal sheds, gas retorts, condenser, exhauster, purifiers, gas meter, holders, the office and showroom.

The office/showroom was once the gasman’s house, built in 1858 and is now the oldest part remaining.

Such was the popularity of gas that the works evolved both to meet demand and to keep pace with technology. The gas holders date from 1858 and 1879, and the retort house and purifying equipment from 1914.

By then, the gasman was using 400 tons of coal per year to serve 320 consumers and power over 100 street lights.

Today, Biggar Gasworks is jointly managed as a visitor attraction by Historic Scotland and Biggar Museum Trust (

Last admission to the Gasworks will be at 4:30 pm.

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3.The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:

4.The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at

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For further information

Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866