**Cancelled** Doors Open Days Online Talk: The Glasgow City Improvement Trust and the Transformation of the Victorian City

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Unfortunately due to some unforeseen circumstances we’ve had to cancel this talk. If you booked a ticket, please check your inbox for more details, and we apologise for any inconvenience this might cause. We hope to see you at another event soon! 


Thursday, 15th September | 6pm | via Zoom

GCHT’s Deputy Director Niall Murphy will be giving an online talk on the achievements of the Glasgow City Improvement Trust as part of Doors Open Days 2022.

Over the course of the 19th Century, Glasgow suffered explosive city growth, with its population increasing from 77,000 in 1801 to 762,000 by 1901. This rapid growth created problems of overcrowding, poor sanitation and population health issues, with the city’s housing conditions regarded as amongst the worst in Europe.

To combat this, in 1866 Lord Provost Blackie led a delegation including Glasgow’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr William Tennant Gairdner, and the City Architect, John Carrick to Europe to see what lessons could be learned. Having visited Amsterdam and Brussels it was Baron Haussmann’s Paris where they were most impressed by the urban innovations being introduced for Napoleon III.

Upon his return to Glasgow, Carrick drew up the City Improvement Act of 1866 with a programme of slum clearance to clear out and introduce light and air to the medieval heart of the city. This made Glasgow a pioneering city for municipal improvements with the English social reformer, Octavia Hill, leading a parliamentary delegation to find out what the city was up to.

Join us to find out more about the revolutionary work of the City Improvement Trust and its legacy for Glasgow!

Free, booking required, donations welcome. 

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