Ghost Signs of Glasgow is a project initiated by Glasgow City Heritage Trust which unearths the stories behind old signs and shopfronts of the city. Ghost signs, the fading remains of old painted signs on buildings, provide an invaluable insight into Glasgow’s architectural, social and cultural history. Many ghost signs hide in plain sight hidden by the urban landscape around them, leaving a tangible part of Glasgow’s heritage vulnerable to being lost forever.
Since 2018 the project has been revealing, researching and documenting ghost signs in Glasgow in order to create an online archive and to expand our collective knowledge about these remnants of Glasgow’s past. We have organised guided walks, talks and workshops, and made maps of these signs and shopfronts across the city.
Now run by volunteers, the project is continuing for 2020-21 and hopes to continue to engage people with Glasgow’s historic environment and encourage communities to share their memories of the city. This next phase will include a touring exhibition, as well as joint activity with the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and various talks and workshops
Read the project blog posts below and scroll down to browse our photo archive.
"The best thing about volunteering on this project (apart from meeting everyone!) is the amount of amazing and random things we have in our city that we simply don’t notice at first glance. To learn the history of buildings, who used them and when, is amazing and it means we can preserve the history a little bit longer. I love taking the pictures of the signs and helping to create a lasting archive."
Ghost Signs Photo Archive
Browse our online photo archive on Flickr! Click the left and right arrows on the picture to the left to scroll through the images, or hover over the top left hand corner and click on the title to go straight to Flickr.