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!

A Runaway Horse, Shoplifting and a ‘Peace Riot’

The second of our blogs by Morag Cross detailing the loves and lives of those connected to Queen Arcade, focusing on dressmaking and the refurbishment of the mall which took place in the 1870s.

Black Victorians and Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Glasgow

This blog explores how Glasgow’s theatres attracted black performers to the city through plays such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin’, which proved extremely popular.

Exploring Jewish History in Glasgow

Focusing on the Garnethill Synagogue, this blog by Harvey Kaplan charts the waves of Jewish immigration to Glasgow throughout the years and the achievements of various members of the congregation.

Glasgow Green and Sport- Part Three

This blog explores the history of rowing on the Clyde. As the most popular spectator sport in the city up until the 1870s, races often saw crowds in excess of 30,000 lining the riverbanks. Ladies races were also held, but were seen as a novelty, an ‘amusing spectacle’.

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Glasgow Green and Sport- Part Two

This blog explores how Glasgow Green is arguably the home of football, with it and the surrounding areas being home to many football clubs who changed the Scottish Game into the World Game.

Glasgow Green and Sport- Part One

Glasgow’s oldest park has long been used as a space for leisure, entertainment and public events, but it also has a rich sporting heritage. This blog explores the sporting activities of the early days of the Green, including golf, shinty and cycling.

The Glasgow Lock Hospital for Unfortunate Females

Opened in 1845, this new purpose built hospital at 41 Rottenrow was Glasgow’s only provision for women with venereal disease. The women were kept in reformatory conditions and subjected to treatments that were more experimental than effective…

Glasgow’s Top Twelve Unmemorialised Victorian and Edwardian Women

In this guest blog, author Sara Sheridan gives us a rundown of Glasgow’s Top Twelve Unmemorialised Victorian and Edwardian women. Glasgow is great at claiming people as its own- so Sara has chosen women who contributed to the life of the city, who lived there but weren’t necessarily born there. That’s Glasgow.

Commission: Gallus Glasgow Contemporary Bird’s Eye View

Glasgow City Heritage Trust is inviting expressions of interest to create a contemporary illustration interpreting and bringing to the present day Thomas Sulman’s Bird’s Eye View of Glasgow, 1864. 

Deadline: Wednesday 7th February, 10am

A whirlwind history of the Glasgow Athenaeum since its establishment

What links Charles Dickens, women’s rights activists, dressmaking and the Glasgow Chess Club? No, this isn’t a bad Christmas cracker joke but an important piece of Glasgow history. The Glasgow Athenaeum, now The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, has played an important role in helping to shape Glasgow’s cultural training and commercial output. Read more about its history in this blog by Dr. Karen Mailley-Watt.

A Strait-laced Sisterhood: Corset Makers and other Businesswomen in 19th century Glasgow

Are there women in Sulman’s aerial perspective of Glasgow?
Yes, they inhabit, own and work in the buildings he shows. The amazing image can been used to show the surroundings where female entrepreneurs and employers, shopkeepers and factory workers, lived, loved and laboured. Blog by Morag Cross.

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.

A roomful of radicals? The Glasgow Society of Lady Artists

5 Blythswood Square – a blonde sandstone townhouse – now home to office workers, computers and time-consuming board meetings, contains within its walls a radical history not many Glaswegians, never mind many Scots, acknowledge…

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.”

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