Pollokshields Heritage


2016-17 Lecture Series - in the Fotheringay Centre



Tuesday, 15th November 2016

    • Ged O'Brien

    Ged currently teaches Scottish Studies and English at St. Andrew’s in Carntyne. A past President of the Association of Sports Historians, and Chair of the Greater Manchester Branch of the Football Supporters’ Association, Ged ran the National Museum of Labour History in Manchester between 1986 and 1988 and founded and ran the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park between 1992 and 2004. He is writing a book on the history of Scottish Squash. He also has finished a satirical novel ‘Ace McTastic and the Blackguard BeeBaw’ and is working on the sequel ‘Ace McTastic Meets the Pugalisers’.

    • A Perfect Place to Play - Pollok Estate in the History of Sport

    Sports historian Ged O’Brien, founder of the world’s first national museum of football and author of ‘Played in Glasgow’, takes a look at the Pollok Estate from the unusual angle of sporting heritage. How did the Stirling-Maxwell family ensure their place in the annals of sporting history, and in doing so, help confirm Glasgow as the world capital of sport?

Tuesday, 17th January 2017

    • Ewen Donaldson

    Ewen has worked in professional horticulture for over 46 years with a particular focus on botanic gardens. On completion of an apprenticeship in Glasgow he moved to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in the mid 1970s to participate in the 3 year horticultural diploma course (DHE). He returned to Glasgow Botanic Gardens in 1978 as a junior manager and has played a leading role in the development of the Gardens since then, becoming the senior manager in 1992. He has lived in a lodge house within the Botanic Gardens for 35 years bringing up his, now grown up, children there.

    • 200 Years of Glasgow Botanic Gardens

    In celebration of its bi-centenary, Ewen Donaldson looks at the history of the Glasgow Botanic Garden from its formation in 1817, including the development of its plant collections; its famous glasshouses and layout on the current Kelvinside site. The history of the Kibble Palace glasshouse and its recent restoration is also covered. The talk looks at the extensive plant collections with emphasis on the environmental education focus of the Gardens.

Tuesday, 21st February 2017

    • Graham Sutherland

    Graham Sutherland, Head of Production at the Citizens Theatre, has in an depth knowledge of the building and its specialist technical requirements particularly given its historic fabric and many heritage aspects. He also has considerable experience in project management. For the Capital Redevelopment, he will act as the primary technical and design liaison between the Citizens Company and the project manager and design team.

    • The Glasgow Citizens Theatre in the 21st Century

      The Citizens Theatre building is one of Glasgow’s most well-loved cultural institutions. Based in the Gorbals, it has enjoyed an extraordinary 138 years of entertaining Glasgow audiences and launched the careers of many of the UK’s leading actors including Pierce Brosnan, Gary Oldman, David Hayman and recent Oscar winner, Mark Rylance. However, the Category ‘B’ list building is deteriorating and it is in poor physical condition, hampering the future ambitions of the organisation. A £20.8 million capital redevelopment project has been launched to restore and expand what is one of Scotland’s oldest and most iconic working theatres. Graham Sutherland, Head of Production at the Citizens, will talk about the building’s unique heritage which will see the renovation of the splendid Victorian auditorium with its many original features, as well as Scotland’s oldest and most complete surviving stage machinery and 19th century paint frames - elements of which are the only remaining examples of their kind in the world and which are still in use today.

Tuesday, 25th April 2017

    • Rachel Kacir

    Originally from Northern Ireland, Rachel moved to Scotland to attend the University of Glasgow, where she studied History and Politics. After graduating she began volunteering with the National Trust for Scotland at the Tenement House. She was then offered employment at the House and has now been working there for 5 years, most recently as Property Manager.  During her time at the House she has also completed a part-time Masters in Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of St. Andrews. This enabled her to carry out several interesting collections’ management projects at the Tenement House, as well as a dissertation looking at museums in Northern Ireland and how they deal with the Troubles.

    And just in case you are wondering…her surname is courtesy of her Slovakian husband!

    • The Tenement House

    Rachel Kacir will give an illustrated talk providing a fascinating insight into life in Glasgow in the early 20th century. The talk will chart the history of tenements in the city, before focusing on the National Trust for Scotland’s ‘Tenement House’. This four room house in Garnethill was lived in by Miss Agnes Toward for over 50 years, from 1911 until 1965. It retains many of its original fixtures and fittings, including a cast-iron range and recess beds. Miss Toward didn’t like to throw things out, so there is also a large collection of her personal belongings in the House, including books, textiles, costume jewellery, magazines and recipes.  Rachel will show images of some of the most interesting items from the collection during the talk.