Case Study: Maryhill Museum

Address: Maryhill Burgh Halls, Garbraid Avenue, Glasgow
Type of project: Outreach / Education project
Grantee: Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust
GCHT Grant offered: £5,000

In 2019, Glasgow City Heritage Trust grant aided the sum of £5,000 to Maryhill Burgh Hall Trust to assist them with the creation of the Maryhill Museum.

Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust (MBHT) was established in 2004 as an independent, registered charity, famously home to eleven stained glass panels which represent the trades and industries of historic Maryhill. The scope of the project was the creation of a museum that celebrates the built and intangible heritage of the area encouraging locals to engage with its history through artefacts, interpretation, workshops, walks, tours and cycles.

The Maryhill Museum project successfully created a community events programme, guided and self guided walks and workshops.

The Trust created five different walking trail routes; the routes can be found as PDFs on the Maryhill Burgh Hall website, or as physical copies at different locations.

The Halls hosted a series of exhibitions co-curated by the community and the “Talking Maryhill Series” a series of talks hosted by staff and volunteers.

GCHT’s grant also contributed to the marketing of various events and with the acquisition of material employed to safely store and display the existing collection.

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Case Study: Willow Tea Rooms

Address: 215-217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
Type of project: Comprehensive Building Repair
Grantee: Willow Tea Rooms Trust
GCHT Grant offered: £200,000
Total project costs: £7,659,700

In 2016-17 GCHT grant-aided the advanced phase of external repairs to the Willow Tea Rooms. One of Glasgow’s best known landmarks, the Willow Tea Rooms was fully restored for the 150th Anniversary of Mackintosh’s birth. The Trust has been assisting with external repairs to both the Willow Tea Rooms and the neighbouring Victorian tenement which is to become a visitors centre.

The repairs included an overhaul of the roof and rebuilding of chimneys, stonework repairs including indenting of stone, renewal of the historic hard render, repair of the windows including the magnificent Salon de Luxe stained glass bow window and reinstatement of Mackintosh’s shopfront. Getting up close and personal with the building was an illuminating experience for what it revealed of the subtlety of Mackintosh’s idiosyncratic detailing with delicate use of colour and silvered highlights.

In addition to this GCHT also administered an Historic Environment Scotland grant for the structural works required to turn the existing tenement at 215 Sauchiehall Street into the new visitors centre.

Despite a very tight deadline, the main phase was opened in time for Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 150th Birthday on 7 June 2018 and resulted in the refurbished tea rooms winning both a 2019 RIAS Award, the Scottish Government Scotland’s Client of the Year Award and a nomination for a Doolan Award – a significant achievement and tribute to the Willow Tea Rooms Trust’s efforts.

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Case Study: Glass Stories

Address: Jangling Space, Shawlands Arcade, Kilmarnock Road, Glasgow
Type of project: Outreach / Education project
Grantee: Jangling Space
GCHT Grant offered: £4,200

In 2018 Glasgow City Heritage Trust grant aided Jangling Space, a cooperative based in the Southside of Glasgow, the sum of £4200 to create a trail of SouthSide’s hidden glass, brining a variety of stained glass pieces to life by researching their stories and locations.

Jangling Space, situated in Shawlands, is a cooperative workspace that offers free workshops to learn traditional skills, their first product being leaded stained glass.

The SouthSide community was directly involved in the process of investigating and sharing information about stories and people linked to the area’s stained glass pieces, in an effort to connect communities with their past, reminiscence and storytelling.

Glass Stories shared details of their findings  with Scottish Stained Glass Trust an online stained glass archive, contributing to the population of their data.

Some of the main achievements of this project were the creation of three different guided walks and the publication of a pocket sized booklet that includes a map version of the trail, high quality pictures and information about various pieces.

The booklet is available for free at different locations around Glasgow and it is downloadable for free on the Jangling Space website.

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Case Study: Walmer Crescent

Address: 1-18 Walmer Crescent, Glasgow
Type of project: Comprehensive Building Repair
Grantee: the collective owners of 1-18 Walmer Crescent
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GCHT Grant offered: £77,300
Total project costs: £92,346

The Category A-Listed Walmer Crescent, (1857-62 by architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson) within the Walmer Crescent Conservation Area, suffers from problems of water ingress both via the main roof (a double roof with broad lead valley gutter) and also via the shared bay windows. Unfortunately, the poorly detailed lead flat roofs to the bay windows were an issue given that the unusual double bay windows straddle and interlock the various tenements into a single terrace composition. That there was only one drainage outlet per double bay meant that multiple closes had to be involved in their repair. This was proving a major stumbling block for the owners as well as a significance source of conflict between neighbours.

Working with the Walmer Crescent Association, the Trust proposed repairing all of the bay window roofs in a single phase as this would then allow each close to come up with their own proposals for tackling the repairs required to the tenement main roofs. The Trust’s suggestion, which was well received, was to offer the owners a 75% grant intervention rate to make this more attractive to them.

The repairs were carried out between October 2017 and June 2018, and have been discretely celebrated with new lead hoppers to each bay. These hoppers are dated 2017 so as to denote the new work.

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Case Study: Garnethill Bread Oven

Address: Garnethill Park, Glasgow
Type of project: Outreach / Educational project
Grantee: Friends of Garnethill Greenspaces (FROGGS)
Number of owners: 1
GCHT Grant offered: £779.51
Total project costs: £-

In 2017, Glasgow City Heritage Trust grant aided Friends of Garnethill Green Sapces (FRoGGS) the amount of £779.51 for the construction of a bread oven in Garnethill Park. Garnethill Bread Oven was an initiative to build and regularly operate a traditional wood fired  bread oven in Garntehill Park for the use of the local community.

The project aimed to empower the local community to gather together around the ancient practice of wood fired bread making and to provide learning opportunities for traditional building skills through its construction. A number of participatory workshops were held involving a group of thirty volunteers to build the oven and engaged a diverse range of individuals from the local and wider community.

Once the oven was built, a training session was held in January 2019 for people to learn ow to safely light the fire, keep to burning, check temperature for baking, prepare the wood, make chopping block and use tools. The first firing of the oven, was a huge success with over sixty people participating and many bringing dough to bake pizza and bread.

Garnethill bread oven continues to be an established local asset, with a programme of regular firing gatherings and community events.

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Case Study: Anchor Line Building

Address: 12-16 St Vincent Place, Glasgow
Type of project: Comprehensive Building Repair
Grantee:
Number of owners: 1
GCHT Grant offered: £100,000
Total project costs: £6,429,282

In March 2017 Glasgow City Heritage Trust awarded the Category A-listed Anchor Line building, at 12-16 St Vincent Place, a building repair grant towards its re-use as an apartment hotel. Having lain empty for more than a decade the building was on the Building at Risk Register (ref: 4817) since 2010.

This elegant faience clad Edwardian commercial building of 1906-7 is the best-known example of architect James Miller’s predilection for white architecture – largely inspired by the ‘White City’ architecture of the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893 – and shows the influence of American Classicism. The problem for Miller was in grimy industrial Glasgow how do you keep these white surfaces clean – hence the use of Doulton Carrara wear on the main facade. The building was also known for being Cunard’s Glasgow booking office with huge models of the RMS Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth in each window; however, the banded use of green and white bricks on the chimneys retains this nautical air.

The Trust was keen to see the Anchor Line brought back into sustainable use as it is one of the most notable vacant buildings within Glasgow’s city centre. Therefore, the Trust’s grant contributed to the refurbishment and renewal of sash and case and Crittall windows, replacement of cast iron rainwater goods and repairs to the faience, stonework and associated repointing.