Online Screening: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: In Conversation with Professor David Walker

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Wednesday 14th July 2021 | 7.30pm BST | via Zoom

As lockdown restrictions in Glasgow start to ease, thoughts are inevitably turning to how the city will continue to chart its path out of the pandemic. With the COP26 climate change conference coming our way in November, how can the city best deal with the challenges ahead? 

In our evening lecture series ‘Transforming Glasgow’, we are looking to the past for inspiration and possible solutions. The series focuses on how Glasgow has changed and reinvented itself in a variety of ways from the latter half of the 20th century onwards to today. How have these changes come about and what has the impact been? What lessons can be learned?

Those of us working to protect and promote Glasgow’s heritage today stand on the shoulders of some true greats that have gone before us, who worked tirelessly to establish the conservation movement we know today. Join us for a screening of our interview with Professor David Walker, a leading figure from the early days of conservation in Glasgow & Scotland, as we explore the huge amount of work that was done in the 1960s and since to protect Glasgow’s heritage and impress upon the people in power how significant it is to the city.

Professor David Walker OBE LL.D FSA Hon FRIAS joined the Scottish Office as Senior Investigator of Historic Buildings in 1961 and remained there until 1993, latterly as Historic Scotland’s Chief Inspector. He was Honorary Professor of Art History at the University of St Andrews from 1994 to 2001, and acted as an expert advisor to the Heritage Lottery Fund from 1995 to 1999. He is the author of numerous articles and volumes on Scottish architecture. The large quantity of material collected by Professor Walker since the 1950s formed the starting point for the creation of the Dictionary of Scottish Architects, launched in 2006.

We believe that these oral histories are an important part of our heritage, and that in understanding how we got to the present situation we are better prepared to continue to campaign to protect and enhance Glasgow’s historic built environment. We want to hear your thoughts about the interview and your ideas about the important and timely issues it raises about Glasgow’s built environment. Following the screening, GCHT will host a conversation about the film.

Attendees will also receive links to the additional interviews that were recorded with Audrey Gardner, Dr James Macauley, and our Patron, Professor John Hume.


7.30pm : In Conversation with Professor David Walker (film screening)
8.30pm : Discussion
9pm : Close

Free, booking required, donations welcome. 


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