Gallus Glasgow Blog

We’ll be adding more content here throughout the programme, so check back to see what else we’ve uncovered in Sulman’s Victorian city!

Tenements: A home for the middle classes too

Think tenements were just for the working classes? Then think again! In this guest blog Rachel Campbell from the Tenement House highlights how some tenements were built with the middle classes in mind, complete with ‘all mod cons’ including full indoor bathrooms with running hot water.

Acid Rain and the Boar’s Head: What did the ‘father’ of acid rain make of Victorian Glasgow?

This fascinating blog tells the story of Scottish scientist Robert Angus Smith, who monitored air pollution in Victorian Glasgow and is known as the ‘father of acid rain’.

Glasgow’s Square Mile of Murder

Between 1857 and 1908, four of Scotland’s most notorious murders took place in Glasgow, in an area of one square mile. This blog explores the stories of these murders, including the human crocodile and the first use of forensic photography in Scottish policing.

Interactive Gallus Glasgow Guided Tours

Out and about in the city and looking for a bit of a steer? Why not check out our interactive Gallus Glasgow trails and find out more about the fate of the buildings that are depicted on Sulman’s map?

These tours explore the buildings shown on Thomas Sulman’s incredible Bird’s Eye View of Glasgow, 1864, that have survived or been lost, and what they can tell us about Victorian Glasgow.

An open call for blog contributions

Interested in writing for GCHT? We’re opening up a call for blog articles for our Gallus Glasgow project!

Meet the Man Behind the Map

Thomas Sulman was an English architectural draftsman. He studied at The Working Men’s College between 1854 and 1858, where he was a student of, and later an engraver for, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. 

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.”

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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.”

Edward’s story

A DIFFERENT DIRECTION Another day at the warehouse done. He’s a clerk, so there’s always lots of paperwork to get through and it requires great attention to detail. He’s a conscientious and well-organised individual though, so he enjoys it and the satisfaction he gets when a job is done well. 

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