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Online Talk: Atlantic Slavery Hidden In Plain Sight In A Victorian City

Wednesday 29th September 2021 | 7.30pm BST | via Zoom

Sulman’s Bird’s Eye View of Glasgow was completed in 1864, thirty years after chattel slavery was abolished in the British West Indies, and one year before slavery was abolished in the United States of America. Join Dr Stephen Mullen as he explores how the transformation of the Victorian city was shaped by elites wealthy from Atlantic slavery, revealed by the panoramic detail of Sulman’s map.

Online Talk: Gruesome Glasgow

Wednesday 20th October 2021 | 7.30pm GMT | via Zoom

Join Judith Bowers as she tells the tale of Doctor Edward William Pritchard, the Human Crocodile. The last man to be publicly hanged in the city for poisoning not just his wife, but his mother-in-law as well.  A doctor who had more pregnant patients than any other doctor in Scotland.  A man so vain he handed photographs of himself to ladies at his own execution.

Online Talk: The TREE, the BIRD, the FISH, the BELL …and the PHOTOGRAPHER: Thomas Annan’s Glasgow

Wednesday 24th November 2021 | 7.30pm GMT | via Zoom

The photographer Thomas Annan (1829-1887) established his photographic business in Glasgow in 1857 and for the next thirty years documented the city at a time of exponential growth. His photographs astutely recorded the city, its people and the social changes occurring during the second half of the nineteenth century. The talk from Anne Lyden will cover the various Glasgow projects that Annan embarked on.

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.

Workshop: Basket Weaving with Max Johnson

Thursday 6th December 2021 | 6-8pm GMT | Mesa, 567 Duke Street

Join us for this in-person workshop to see how Max Johnson creates his beautiful handwoven baskets, using locally foraged dogwood sticks. Then have a go yourself and make a mini-wreath and a tray. Refreshments and all materials provided.

Online Talk: Maps, Myths & Misrepresentations

Wednesday 12th January 2022 | 7.30pm BST | via Zoom

Not so long ago, the lofty peaks of the Benchichins Mountains could be seen between Angus and Deeside… or could they? Chris Fleet looks at various other things on maps that might never have been really out there, as well as how maps lie, distort the truth and miss things out. How far should we trust the map, and is this a good idea?

Online Talk: Off the Map with Norry Wilson

Wednesday 26th January 2022 | 7.30pm GMT | via Zoom

Join Lost Glasgow’s Norry Wilson as he uses Sulman’s map, and Shadow’s ‘Midnight Scenes and Social Photographs’ (1858), to explore the square mile of the city lost to the building of St Enoch Station. It’s a dark tale of Glasgow as ‘Gotham’; one of vanished wynds, dirty dens, music halls, brothels, sugar houses, and shebeens.

Online Talk: Where are the Women?

Wednesday 9th February 2022 | 7.30pm BST | via Zoom

Can you imagine a different Glasgow, a city where women are commemorated in statues and streets and buildings?

Join author Sara Sheridan as she talks about her guidebook to that alternative city. Where are the Women? remaps Scotland as if women’s achievements were memorialised in our built and rural landscape in the same way as men’s are.

Online Talk: The Glasgow Lock Hospital for Unfortunate Females

Wednesday 9th March 2022 | 7.30pm BST | via Zoom

Join us to find out more about this infamous place, which opened its doors in 1845 as a purpose built facility for treating women with venereal disease. Join us for this evening talk to find out more about the women who were admitted here and what happened to them.

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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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