Debate: Glenrothes - A New Day?


1½ hours

Glenrothes has always been ‘unusual’, has always had to strive for identity. Alone among Scotland’s New Towns, it was not designed as an overspill site for Glasgow but as a development to house workers at a nearby colliery. As the coal industry declined, the town became instead a focal point of ‘Silicon Glen’, the heart of Scotland’s burgeoning technology sector. A place where the industrial past and technological future collide; an urban centre built on agricultural land; a winner of Carbuncle as well as Beauty Scotland awards; a New Town in the heart of ancient Fife. Now 70 years old, can Glenrothes continue to survive these contradictions? What can its past tell us about its future, and has the New Town ‘experiment’ worked?

Chaired by writer and broadcaster Richard Holloway, this is the fourth ReimagiNation debate on the successes, failures and opportunities of Scotland’s New Towns, following on from passionate discussions in Cumbernauld, East Kilbride and Irvine. The panel includes historian Diane Watters and community artist and founder of Recoat Design Amy Whiten, with more names to be announced.

Please note: Jenny Gilruth MSP is no longer able to take part in this event as advertised. We will announce a replacement on the panel soon. Please contact the Box Office on 01592 611101 to cancel your free ticket if you no longer wish to attend.

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