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Menshies - Comic Book Blast Off

Since late summer 2006 the Dick Institute has been getting a good clean. In association with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland, East Ayrshire Council are repairing the roof , removing graffiti and repairing the stone-work. As part of the project we have been working with local schools and pupils to try and keep one of Kilmarnock's best-loved buildings looking its best.

A team of young people, a creative writer (Ian Brotherhood) and an artist (known as 'Dr. Simpo') have worked alongside East Ayrshire Arts and Museums to create "Scotland's First 3D Comic" - called "Menshies".

Each primary and secondary school pupil in Kilmarnock will be receiving a free copy of 'Menshies' and a series of workshops is planned so that local schools can find out more about how the refurbishment work is being carried out.