Glasgow Doors Open Days Lunchtime Talk: The Glasgow Cenotaph

Friday 14th September, 1pm
Venue: GCHT Offices, 54 Bell St
Duration: 50 mins approx.

Niall Murphy, Deputy Director of Glasgow City Heritage Trust, tells the story of the Glasgow Cenotaph and how Sir JJ Burnet’s understated design came about.

The talk will take a closer look at Sir JJ Burnet’s subtle design for the Glasgow Cenotaph with its superb sculpture by Ernest Gillick. Niall will demonstrate how the Glasgow Cenotaph fits into Sir JJ Burnet’s oeuvre and seek to illustrate how it fits into the hierarchy and sequence of war memorials Burnet produced for the Imperial War Graves Commission amongst others.



Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival is an annual event taking place across the city during the third week in September. Buildings open their doors and give free access to the public to showcase the city’s architecture and heritage. As well as access to buildings, the week-long programme includes walks, tours, talks and special events.

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