Lecture & Exhibition launch: Weave Parkhead!

Wednesday 26th April 2017 | 7pm | 54 Bell Street

These days, Parkhead is probably best known as the home of Celtic Park and historically as a powerhouse of steel manufacturing. However, Parkhead has its origins as a small weaving and mining village which grew up around the junction of Westmuir Street and Great Eastern Road at Parkhead Cross.

Ingrid Shearer of Northlight Heritage and Bryony Robinson of Glasgow City Council will talk about the Weave Parkhead! project and the wider work of the Parkhead THI.

Weave Parkhead! is a collaboration between schools, community groups, weavers and archaeologists to create a series of four woven panels celebrating the history and heritage of Parkhead. Over the past 2 years the Weave Parkhead! team have run a series of workshops and events in and around Parkhead, combining weaving , creative craft skills and historical research with the aim of revealing the spirit of Parkhead – the stories, people and places that make it unique. The conversations had during these sessions have informed and inspired the design of the panels.

The panels were completed in the summer of 2016 and will be installed in the foyer of the former Parkhead Primary School on Westmuir Street. In the meantime, the Weave Parkhead! exhibition is travelling around the city, beginning in March with a stint at Glasgow Kelvin College’s Haghill Campus, where a group of Art & Design students created their own artwork in response to the panels and designed and curated an expanded exhibition.

The Parkhead Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is a five year heritage-led regeneration scheme funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Glasgow City Council.  The THI has funded historic building repair in the Parkhead area as well as supporting educational and cultural activities based on the history and heritage of Parkhead.