Down the Great Drain

The Great Drain of Paisley Abbey is the best preserved monastic drain in Scotland with a unique assemblage of archaeological evidence. This ranges from medieval pottery and fragments of slate inscribed with music and poetry, to seeds and animal bones, revealing much about the medieval monastic community and its links with Europe when it was a leading centre of the Benedictine Order of Cluny.

A new film documents the recent community archaeological investigations of areas adjoining the drain, which were led by Renfrewshire Local History Forum, in partnership with Paisley Museum, Paisley Abbey and GUARD Archaeology Ltd.

DVD copies of the film are available from Margaret Scott at the School of Creative and Cultural Industries at University of West of Scotland Margaret.Scott@uws.ac.uk