Glasgow Doors Open Days 2020

Tell us your Stories of the City

We’ve all been spending more time in our own neighbourhoods in recent months, so for this year’s Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival we want you to share with us what you’ve discovered in your local area!

Have you noticed an unusual old building and wondered what it was? Or is there a local building or landmark you’re particularly fond of? Take a photo and post it on social media using the hashtags #StoriesOfTheCity and #GlasgowHeritage. Or you can find us on TwitterFacebook or Instagram @GlasgowHeritage. Give us the location and anything you know about it. Who lived there? What did it used to be? Is there an unusual story about it? Tell us your memories!

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If there’s a building you would like to know more about, post your photos of it to our social media pages and we’ll see what we can discover about it!


As well as the chance for your images to be featured on our social media, there will also be a prize for the best story about a building. There’s no need for fancy camera equipment, your phone camera will do. Whilst looking at buildings please remember to keep safe and take care. Do not trespass on private property. If you would like to find out more about a building yourself, check out our ‘Building Detective’ blog below.


If you’re planning to get out and about for Doors Open Days (whilst adhering to current government guidelines regarding Covid-19 of course) and are looking for some inspiration, check out the resources below for links to our Ghost Signs of Glasgow maps and Kids Heritage Trails as well as some blogs on our favourite Glasgow buildings!

End of the Line: Explore Glasgow’s Industrial Past

Explore Glasgow’s industrial heritage with our interactive map of photographs taken from our exhibition: End of the Line: Photographs of Glasgow’s Industrial Past. Taken by John R Hume, the photographs document Glasgow’s lost industrial buildings, often photographed as demolition was imminent.

Be a Building Detective!

Is there a building in your area that you’ve always been curious about? Want to know where to find out more?

Take a walk on the ghost side: download our Ghost Signs of Glasgow maps! by Lauren Campbell

Ghost Signs of Glasgow is excited to announce the digital launch of three maps with carefully selected Ghost Signs, enabling you to discover hidden stories of Glasgow.

‘Ghost Signs Conference’ by Jan Graham

Thurs 17th September | 5-9pm

Book your free ticket now for the Ghost Signs Conference with speakers from across Britain and Ireland sharing insights and experiences of the faded historic hand painted signs and wall murals found in their cities.

Enjoy Family Fun with our Kids Trails!

So…we’re allowed out every day for a walk, we have kids at home to entertain and the streets are deserted – sounds like an ideal time to have a go at some heritage detective work!

My favourite building: The Barrowland Ballroom

Find out why GCHT Development Officer, Taylor Cross-Whiter, loves the iconic Barrowland Ballroom.

My favourite building: The Leyland Motor Company Building

Find out why GCHT Deputy Director, Niall Murphy, loves the Leyland Motor Company Building.

My favourite building: The Forth & Clyde Canal

Find out why GCHT Heritage Outreach Manager, Gemma Wild, loves the Forth & Clyde Canal.

My favourite building: The Willow Tea Rooms

Find out why the Willow Team Rooms is GCHT Heritage Outreach Manager, Rachel Kacir’s favourite building.

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