Workshop: Weave a Bird Feeder

A hanging willow bird feeder.

Wednesday 15 May 2024 | 6:30-8:30pm | The Wash House Garden, G31 4XA

Join us for a meditative outdoor weaving class. You’ll learn how to weave a fat ball bird feeder, using willow basketry methods dating back thousands of years. This is a perfect introduction to basketry.

Max Johnson is a longtime forager, community and market gardener and crafter. For Max, basketry is about connecting to our ancestral roots by weaving beauty out of what natural resources we have around us. Max is largely self-taught and believes basketry should be mindful, meditative, creative and fun. Max is a member of the Scottish Basketmakers Circle.

Suitable for beginners, no weaving experience necessary. All tools and materials are provided. Please note this event will be outdoors (although under a canopy), so please dress appropriately for the weather!

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***SOLD OUT*** Live Podcast Recording: In Conversation with After the Garden Festival

A floating tap sculpture during After the Garden Festival, the South Rotunda is in the background.

Tuesday 30 April | 18:30-20:45 | South Rotunda, 100 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 1AY

Join us for an exclusive live recording for Series 3 of ‘If Glasgow’s Walls Could Talk’, our podcast which explores relationships between the city’s historic buildings and places and its communities. Since the launch of series 1 in October 2021 we’ve published 20 episodes and had over 16, 500 downloads. Listen to Series 1 and 2 here!

The 1988 Garden Festival changed how the world saw Glasgow, and how it saw itself. It lives on only in people’s memories as the buildings, objects and artworks from this temporary event are gone forever – or are they?

Join Urban Prehistorian Kenny Brophy, Project Leader Lex Lamb, and Holder of the Official Garden Festival Umbrella Gordon Barr for a conversation with GCHT Director, Niall Murphy and journalist Fay Young, to learn how they have used crowdsourcing to build an ever-growing digital record of the hundreds of pavilions, sculptures and attractions that made up the Garden Festival, as well as the experiences of those who made it happen.

Items with Garden Festival stories to tell were discovered across the UK and further afield, from the large (the Coca-cola Roller Coaster, now in Suffolk) to the small (a Garden Festival tea-towel, now in Papua New Guinea). But in addition to relic artefacts and traces in the landscape, the team identified something else: the absence of a proper record of this pivotal event, while memories fade and documents are lost.

Hear how the 1988 Festival was put together, taken apart and spread around the world, and how with the help of hundreds of individual submissions and leads After the Garden Festival are striving to preserve the legacy of a summer where Glasgow shone.

The recording is taking place in the South Rotunda, which is now offices for Malin Group, a marine engineering company, but was the base for a Nardini’s during the Festival. Guests will also be taken on a short tour of the building and be given the chance to learn a bit more about its history over some refreshments.

To donate directly to the project please visit: https://www.glasgowgardenfestival.org

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The easiest way to support the Trust’s work is to join our loyalty scheme. Our tiered loyalty scheme means you can choose the level that’s right for you.

*** SOLD OUT *** Walking Tour – Moments of Beauty in Glasgow: Buchanan Street

Looking down Buchanan Street towards St Enoch's on a sunny day. The street is very busy.

Wednesday 22 May 2024 | 6:30-8:30pm | Meet at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Steps

We’re delighted to be taking part in Glasgow’s first ever Walking & Wheeling Festival!

Join GCHT Director, Niall Murphy, for a walk down Buchanan Street taking in its many ‘Moments of Beauty’. The walk will start at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Steps before heading down the street to St Enoch Square, taking a meander through Nelson Mandela Place and Royal Exchange Square en route.

Free but booking is essential. Please note booking is managed by the Walking & Wheeling Festival on Eventbrite and can be done here.

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We are hugely grateful for the support of our Friends whose subscriptions help cover the costs of these events, thereby ensuring accessible pricing for everyone in Glasgow in these challenging times.

The easiest way to support the Trust’s work is to join our Friends scheme. Our tiered loyalty scheme means you can choose the level that’s right for you.

Recording – Seeing Glasgow: An Artist’s View with Avril Paton

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Online Talk: 19th Century Retail and the Rise of the Department Store

Wednesday 8th December 2021 | 7.30pm GMT | via Zoom

Focusing on architecture, window displays, and internal design, this talk will examine how Glasgow department stores, like their Parisian counterparts, became spaces not just of spectacle, but also of manipulation and disorientation.

The Map

“I feel like a bird soaring over the city when I gaze upon Sulman’s map, every nook and cranny with every detail so exact.

I can see where I came from and where I’m at.”

Become a Friend of Glasgow City Heritage Trust

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The easiest way to support the Trust’s work is to join our loyalty scheme. Our tiered loyalty scheme means you can choose the level that’s right for you.

Support us

Like many other charities, the coronavirus outbreak is having a major impact on our activities, threatening our crucial work to protect, repair and celebrate Glasgow’s rich built heritage. As a result, we expect to lose an important part of our income this year.

We are therefore asking that if you are able to support our conservation and outreach work,
please consider donating to the Trust.

***SOLD OUT*** Moments of Beauty in Glasgow: A Walking Tour

The cenotaph at George Square

Sunday 24 March 2024 | 11am – 1pm | Meet at 54 Bell Street, G1 1LQ

If you enjoy our Director Niall Murphy’s ‘Moments Of Beauty in Glasgow’ on X (Twitter), come and join him on a walking tour exploring some of the highlights, both big and small!

Starting from Bell Street, the walk will head into Glasgow Cross via the High Street then on into the Merchant City via Albion Street. The tour will take in Wilson Street, Glassford Street, Ingram Street, Virginia Street, Miller Street, and Royal Exchange Square before finishing at the Lighthouse.

Niall will cover the lost realm of the Tobacco Lords, the high jinks of the Hellfire club, the devastation caused by the collapse of the City of Glasgow Bank, the works of the Glasgow City Improvement Trust, Glasgow’s interwar ‘Avenue of the Americas’ and the County Buildings, Robert Adam’s Trades House, a Post-modern courtyard, Sir JJ Burnet’s baroque banking hall, a precocious facade, the site of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Ingram Street tea rooms, the link between Paris’s Arc du Triomphe and the Equestrian Statue of the Duke of Wellington, Glasgow’s links to slavery, and, the symbology of the Lighthouse.

£15, booking is essential

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The easiest way to support the Trust’s work is to join our Friends scheme. Our tiered loyalty scheme means you can choose the level that’s right for you.

Seeing Glasgow: An Artist’s View with Avril Paton

Avril Paton's painting 'Windows in the West' which is a painting of a West End tenement in the snow.

Thursday 14 March 2024 | 7-8pm | 54 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LQ & Online

*** In person tickets are now fully booked however online remain available! ***

One of Glasgow’s foremost artists, Avril Paton, made the city and its citizens the principle focus of her work. She is best known for her painting ‘Windows in the West’, which is one of Scotland’s favourite paintings. Its evocative scene of a winter’s evening in a tenement on Saltoun Street continues to delight visitors to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

‘The lilac pink sky, the lit windows, the clarity of whiteness where there had been darkness – it was magic.’ – Avril Paton

Join us at our office on Bell Street or online (please select the appropriate ticket option for you below) to hear Avril discuss her life and work, and find out how she captured in paint the historic buildings and places of the Dear Green Place.

Free, donations welcome, booking essential.

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***SOLD OUT*** Your World in Watercolour: A Workshop with Will Knight

Watercolour pallets sitting on top of a line drawing of Glasgow city centre

Saturday 2 March | 12-3pm | Many Studios, 3 Ross Street, G1 5AR

Create an aerial drawing of your favourite building and its context using the same layered drawing technique that Will used to create the ‘Knight Map of Glasgow’. From interpreting a 2 dimensional map, to forming a 3D massing drawing, to then adding detail with pen and depth with watercolour; this workshop offers the opportunity to record your building from above, as Knight and Sulman have; and in doing so, extend the map beyond it’s current confines; whether the new locations are in Broomhill or Ballieston; Strathbungo or Springburn.

Will studied Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art, and this training has informed his approach to understanding the dynamic relationship between people and place. He has spent the last ten years observing, recording and interpreting Glasgow’s built environment – from the celebrated work of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson to the ubiquitous tiled tenement close; from some of the city’s cherished eateries to the scratch bakery and local newsagent. Every subject is explored through measurement and drawn by hand, elevating everyday buildings so that they are revealed afresh.

Lunch and materials supplied. If you can, please bring a phone/laptop/tablet with internet access so you can look at your building/street online.

£60, booking essential.

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***SOLD OUT*** Talk: Exploring the William Graham Collection at the Mitchell Library

Black and white photograph of William Graham on the banks of the Kelvin.

Thursday 8th Feb 2024 | 6:30-7:30pm | The Mitchell Library (Moir/Dyer Simpson Room) 

William Graham, born in 1845, lived most of his life in the Springburn area of Glasgow. He was employed as a printer with Bell and Bain, going on to work for the North British Railway Company as an engine driver and locomotive fireman.

His life-long hobby was photography so in 1893, when he was suspended following a railway strike, he left his job as an engine driver and took up the full-time profession of photographer, which he continued until his death in 1914.

He was known for his topographical knowledge of Glasgow and was an original member of the Old Glasgow Club.

A collection of his photographs and negatives was acquired in 1916 and is housed in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

Clare Thompson, Librarian at The Mitchell Library, will share information about his life and career, and some rare images from the collection.

Free, donations welcome, booking essential.

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Tour: Glasgow Art Club **Sold Out**

A gold door plate that says 'Glasgow Art Club'

Thursday 25th January 2024 | 14:30-16:00 | Glasgow Art Club, 185 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4HU

Ever wondered what lies behind the doors of 185 Bath Street?

Steeped in culture and heritage, Glasgow Art Club has long been a private meeting place for generations of the city’s most innovative and creative inhabitants.

Now, we are giving you the chance to see behind the scenes of one of Glasgow’s best kept secrets!

In 1893 two adjacent town houses on Bath Street were transformed by architects Honeyman & Keppie, employing Charles Rennie Mackintosh, into the magnificent Clubhouse which stands today. The Grade A-Listed Clubhouse is resplendent with historically significant interior features – many of which were designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh when he was but 25 years old.

Recent extensive refurbishment, with substantial financial aid from The Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland and generous contributions from private donors, has resulted in restoration of the Club’s large Gallery to its original Victorian splendour.

A must-see attraction for all Mackintosh enthusiasts is the recently recreated Mackintosh Frieze. Painted in 1893, the stencilled artwork was Mackintosh’s first major public work and the centrepiece of the club’s Gallery, but due to water damage it was eventually plastered and painted over. A group of nationally recognised experts in the work of Mackintosh, in combination with a notable Scottish artist and a firm specialising in restoration work, have combined to produce the stunning visual experience now on show.

The Club also boasts an impressive collection of fine art paintings, sculpture and prints – much of which has never been on show to the public before. The collection includes work by Robin Hume, David Donaldson, Emilio Coia, Alexander Goudie, Bet Low and Francis Newbury. The Scottish Portrait Awards Exhibition will be on at this time giving you the opportunity to see some of the best portrait artists living and working in Scotland.

The tour will last for 1 hour with time for teas, coffees and biscuits beforehand.

£16 per person, booking essential.

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Each year, our events help over 2000 people to understand and appreciate Glasgow's irreplaceable built heritage. Can you help us to reach more people?

We are hugely grateful for the support of our Friends whose subscriptions help cover the costs of these events, thereby ensuring accessible pricing for everyone in Glasgow in these challenging times.

The easiest way to support the Trust’s work is to join our Friends scheme. Our tiered loyalty scheme means you can choose the level that’s right for you.

Annie’s Loo: Flushing Out the Past & Retrofitting for the Future

An old photo of a group of people standing on a Glasgow street

Wednesday 29th November 2023 | 7-8pm | Fairfield Heritage, Govan, G51 4XS

Join Raymond Young, who literally wrote the book on Annie’s Loo, and Carmen Lean from Loco Home Retrofit to hear more about the history of Annie’s Loo and how we can make tenement retrofit accessible.

Raymond will kick things off by discussing Annie’s Loo, which might not have been the first tenement retrofit, but the way it was carried out effectively kick started a programme throughout inner city Glasgow and beyond. He’ll discuss the context, the process, and the outcome. And maybe the future?

We’ll then hear from Carmen Lean of Loco Home Retrofit who will talk about Glasgow’s checkered history of retrofit and how we can learn from successes, failures and everything in between. How can we make quality retrofit more affordable and led by the people who live in tenements? Carmen will look at Loco Home’s evolving community-based approach, will share lessons learned from grappling with Glasgow’s old, cold and gas guzzling homes, and why we look to ‘Annie’s Loo’ for inspiration of retrofit done right.

Raymond Young was one of the founder members of ASSIST, the community architecture practice in Govan that pioneered both tenement rehabilitation and community-based housing associations, the story of which he tells in his book ‘Annie’s Loo’. He has a long term interest in community regeneration and sustainability and worked with the Housing Corporation and Scottish Homes. Previous roles included first chair of Architecture and Design Scotland, non-executive member of Historic Scotland, convenor of the Rural Housing Service, a member of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, and chair of the Church of Scotland’s General Trustees. 

Carmen Lean is the Community Development Officer for Loco Home Retrofit CIC which is a community-led home retrofit co-operative, based in Glasgow. Set up in 2021, Loco Home has a growing membership of around 200 retrofitters in Glasgow. Before joining Loco Home earlier this year, Carmen worked in climate action and campaigned against the demolition of Glasgow’s highrises. She studied architecture at Glasgow School of Art.

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Become a Friend of Glasgow City Heritage Trust

Each year, our events help over 2000 people to understand and appreciate Glasgow's irreplaceable built heritage. Can you help us to reach more people?

We are hugely grateful for the support of our Friends whose subscriptions help cover the costs of these events, thereby ensuring accessible pricing for everyone in Glasgow in these challenging times.

The easiest way to support the Trust’s work is to join our Friends scheme. Our tiered loyalty scheme means you can choose the level that’s right for you.