Tour: The Pyramid at Anderston

The Pyramid at Anderston on a sunny day

Friday 21 June 2024 | 18:30-20:00 | The Pyramid at Anderston, 759 Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8DS

Step Inside the Pyramid: Where Community and History Meet

Have you ever wondered about the unique pyramid-shaped building in the heart of Glasgow? Now’s your chance to uncover its secrets! Join us for an exclusive tour inside this architectural marvel.

Back in the 1950s, the Church of Scotland promoted constructing less hierarchical church buildings, leading to an open-plan Modern design with Brutalist traits. This vision was brought to life by the architectural firm Honeyman, Jack & Robertson, resulting in the stunning Anderson Parish Church, now known as The Pyramid at Anderston.

Completed in 1968 as part of Anderston’s redevelopment, this distinctive structure houses twenty-two rooms used as meeting and workspaces, along with three spacious community halls, including the beautiful Sanctuary space with its distinctive shape and coloured stained glasses. From 1968 to 2019, the building operated as the Anderston Kelvingrove Parish Church. In 2018, a new chapter began with the formation of The Pyramid at Anderston Trust, a community membership organisation. A year later, with a grant from the Scottish Land Fund, the Trust purchased the building, ensuring it remained a vital community hub.

In June 2020, the Trust secured a £1.1 million award from the National Lottery Community Fund, kickstarting essential renovations. GCHT also provided a grant of £90,000 to work on the iconic reinforced concrete bell tower, some of the deep concrete fascia bands, and to an area of roof that corresponds to the main entrance foyer.

Join us for a one-hour tour to discover the history, architecture, and vibrant community spirit of The Pyramid. Refreshments will be served afterward in the beautiful and atmospheric Sanctuary space.

Step inside and be part of The Pyramid’s ongoing story!

£16 per person, booking essential.

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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.

Vacancy – Trustees

VOLUNTARY / UNPAID

Glasgow City Heritage Trust is an independent charity and grant funder. Through our grant programmes we enable projects which promote the understanding, appreciation and conservation of Glasgow’s historic built environment.

Opportunities are available to join our Board of Trustees in their strategic management of the Trust.

This is a fantastic opportunity for those looking to either build good CV-enhancing experience or simply devote some free time to make a valuable contribution to the running of a friendly, impactful and highly regarded charity.

Applications are sought from enthusiastic and innovative individuals with a passion for Glasgow’s historic environment. It would be particularly valuable to have new board members with FundraisingConservation Accredited Architecture or Surveying, Property Law or Accountancy expertise. Although we are primarily looking for experience in these areas, we welcome interest from all backgrounds and experience.

We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries, and are committed to having a Board of Directors that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities. We are actively encourage BAME and disabled applicants and value the positive impact that difference has on our Board.

The roles are unremunerated and will require a commitment to attend quarterly Board meetings and additional sub-committee(s).

Time commitment:

  • 6-8 meetings per year.
  • Board meetings are held four times a year in March, June, September and December, always on a Wednesday afternoon for around two hours at our offices on Bell Street, Glasgow or via Zoom. The AGM is held directly after the September Board.
  • Trustees are expected to join at least one Sub-Committee, either Audit & Remuneration, Grants or Business Development. These Committees meet quarterly two or three weeks before each Board meeting on Wednesday afternoons for two hours, at our offices on Bell Street, Glasgow or via Zoom.
  • Each year, usually in September on a Wednesday, the Trustees and Employees hold a joint Strategic Away Day usually at a previously grant aided property or unusual venue in Glasgow to discuss the strategic direction for the next year followed by some external training and/or site visits to grant aided properties. This could be a 10am to 3-4 pm event.

Apply now:

To express an interest in joining the board, or for an informal conversation to find out more, please email a CV or a short summary of your skills, experience and interest in the role to Niall Murphy, Director, at niall@glasgowheritage.org.uk.

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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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.

***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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Enjoy Family Fun with our Kids Trails!

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Become a Friend of Glasgow City Heritage Trust

Glasgow City Heritage Trust is an independent charity and your support is crucial to ensure that our charitable work promoting the understanding, appreciation and conservation of Glasgow’s historic buildings for the benefit of the city’s communities and its visitors continues now, and in the future.

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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Blog Post: Ghosts and Zombies

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Enjoy Family Fun with our Kids Trails!

Download our Kid’s Heritage Trails!

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.

CPD: Analysing Building Materials with the Scottish Lime Centre

Photograph of a masonry wall

Tuesday 19th March | 12:30 – 2:00pm | Online via Zoom and In-Person at GCHT’s office on 54 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LQ 

The importance of materials analysis in conservation is well established, and understanding the composition and microstructure of materials, like stone and mortar, allows us to make informed decisions around the sympathetic repair and restoration of our built heritage, whilst also avoiding unnecessary damage arising from the use of incompatible materials.

This CPD will cover sampling methodology and introduce the types of analysis used and what they can tell us, including petrography, XRD and wet chemistry, as well as highlighting how analysis informs repair specifications.

The session will be lead by Dr Katie Strang, a geologist and materials analyst, and Mitchell Fotheringham, a building surveyor. They both work for the Scottish Lime Centre, which aims to promote and encourage the appropriate repair of traditional buildings, and to conserve and develop the associated building traditions, crafts and skills through training and education.

This event will be held both in-person at our office on 54 Bell Street, Glasgow (with light lunch provided) and streamed online via Zoom. Please pick the appropriate ticket option for you below.

£10 per person / £5 for students

 

All sessions are recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) as being capable of contributing to the obligatory CPD requirements of Full Members (see www.ihbc.org.uk)

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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.

***SOLD OUT*** CPD: Traditional Roofs and Leadwork

A photo of a man in high-vis and a hard hat cleaning lead on a historic roof

Tuesday 12th March | 10am – 11am | On site at John Fulton Plumbers, 123 Harmony Row, Glasgow, G51 3NB

This CPD offers the opportunity to visit John Fulton Plumbers to learn about the restoration and conservation of traditional roofs, and the specification of lead for historic buildings.

The session will focus on how to recognise the repair and maintenance needs of historic roofs, the material qualities of lead, and its pivotal role in detailing and protecting traditional buildings. 

John Fulton Plumbers Ltd are leadwork and roofing specialists, who work across Scotland. The company has been a member of the Lead Contractors Association (LCA) since 1984 and won the industry recognised Murdoch Award on three occasions.

Spaces are limited to 11 people, booking essential.

£10 per person / £5 for students

 

All sessions are recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) as being capable of contributing to the obligatory CPD requirements of Full Members (see www.ihbc.org.uk)

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Our new interactive map shows data collated between February and April 2018 which gives a snapshot of the current state of Glasgow’s historic built environment.

Blog Post: Ghosts and Zombies

Read our latest blog post about our Ghost Signs of Glasgow project, pondering the nature of ghost signs and what they tell us about the urban landscape.

Enjoy Family Fun with our Kids Trails!

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Become a Friend of Glasgow City Heritage Trust

Glasgow City Heritage Trust is an independent charity and your support is crucial to ensure that our charitable work promoting the understanding, appreciation and conservation of Glasgow’s historic buildings for the benefit of the city’s communities and its visitors continues now, and in the future.

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*** 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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Glasgow Historic Environment: A Snapshot – 2019

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Our new interactive map shows data collated between February and April 2018 which gives a snapshot of the current state of Glasgow’s historic built environment.

Blog Post: Ghosts and Zombies

Read our latest blog post about our Ghost Signs of Glasgow project, pondering the nature of ghost signs and what they tell us about the urban landscape.

Enjoy Family Fun with our Kids Trails!

Download our Kid’s Heritage Trails!

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.

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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Glasgow Historic Environment: A Snapshot – 2019

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Our new interactive map shows data collated between February and April 2018 which gives a snapshot of the current state of Glasgow’s historic built environment.

Blog Post: Ghosts and Zombies

Read our latest blog post about our Ghost Signs of Glasgow project, pondering the nature of ghost signs and what they tell us about the urban landscape.

Enjoy Family Fun with our Kids Trails!

Download our Kid’s Heritage Trails!

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.

**Sold Out** Taking Care of Your Tenement: Looking Up and Looking Out

Photograph of a red sandstone building in Glasgow's Merchant City

**Sold Out** Saturday 2nd March 2024 | 11am – 1pm | Meet at 54 Bell Street, G1 1LQ

Concerned about the current state of your tenement? Not quite sure what sort of repair work might need to be done? 

Then join GCHT and Under One Roof for an investigative walk around the Merchant City, looking at the area’s traditional tenements and analysing maintenance and repair issues. 

You’ll have a chance to learn about some of the most common issues historic buildings face, how to tackle repairs and the maintenance work that should be done as we head into spring. 

After the walk, we’ll be having a drop-in event from 12pm – 1pm at GCHT’s office on Bell Street, where you’ll have the opportunity to ask our experts your questions about taking care of a historic tenement. 

Please dress for the unpredictable Glasgow weather and wear comfortable shoes! 

Free, booking essential

You might also be interested in…

Glasgow Historic Environment: A Snapshot – 2019

Ever wondered which buildings in your neighbourhood are listed, or even on Scotland’s Buildings at Risk Register?

Our new interactive map shows data collated between February and April 2018 which gives a snapshot of the current state of Glasgow’s historic built environment.

Blog Post: Ghosts and Zombies

Read our latest blog post about our Ghost Signs of Glasgow project, pondering the nature of ghost signs and what they tell us about the urban landscape.

Enjoy Family Fun with our Kids Trails!

Download our Kid’s Heritage Trails!

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.