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Digital Detectives Delve Into Inverclyde's Underworld

Above: Pupils enjoy their time learning about Inverclyde's history with Access Technology Scotland 

Digital detectives delved into Inverclyde's underworld as part of a fascinating history project.  Local pupils and a women's group got together to look at crime and criminals in years gone by.

The National Lottery funded research and exhibition project was arranged by Access Technology Scotland (ATS), part of Software Training Scotland who are Riverside Inverclyde's (Ri) tenants at Scarlow House Business Centre in Port Glasgow.

Hosted at the Gourock Heritage Centre at Ri's  Gourock Municipal Building's, the project team worked with youngsters from Port Glasgow High, St Columba's High and the ladies from the Bloomin Wummin group from Larkfield. 

Voice actor Christopher Hume also worked with the pupils and groups on their podcasts

Inverclyde Chamber

Cathel McGlashan, director of ATS, said:

"We researched the area's criminal history and made a series of radio programmes which were being screened at the exhibition.

"We used a mix of photographs, archives and transcripts from the national records of Scotland."

The stories included Frederick Storey, the last man to be hanged in Greenock at the prison in 1892, and the tale of Elizabeth Murray, who murdered her husband.

Callum McLaughlin, 14, from Port Glasgow High, said:

"It was good to learn a bit more about the history of Greenock and the criminals.

"We heard about a boy who was 14 and was put in jail for two years for stealing a loaf of bread, and about the executions."

This article and pictures appeared in The Greenock Telegraph on 1 August 2018.