Pollokshields Heritage


2017-18 Lecture Series - in the Fotheringay Centre



Tuesday, 14th November 2017

    • Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw - From Roses to Squares - Interior stencilling from the turn of the century to the Deco period.

      Elizabeth of the Lansdowne House of Stencils is a stencilling expert based here in Glasgow. She developed an interest in historic schemes after gaining the Christie’s Decorative Arts Diploma following a move to Glasgow from her native France. She has specialised in the Art Nouveau period for over 27 years, on private commissions and exhibition work. Her recreation for Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s ‘The House for an Art Lover’ has become an iconic image for many art lovers around the World. She recently spent 16 months recreating a George Walton property in Dunblane, and this year she has been involved with the centenary of 78 Derngate, the only Mackintosh property in England.

      Elisabeth will be talking about the evolution of designs in interior stencilling from the turn of the century to the 1920’s, taking examples from the schemes in which she has been involved. She will look at trends and fashions and show schemes designed by some of the best artists for the well-to-do new “entrepreneurs” of Victorian/Edwardian times and later. She will describe the challenges she has to face when recreating some of those schemes and give an insight into domestic stencilling in Glasgow. She will also be able to discuss local sources and give basic pointers on personal projects.

      Elisabeth lives in Glasgow with her family where she researches and teaches stencilling and paint techniques.  She regularly gives talks and runs #thebigrose project.

Tuesday, 16th January 2018

    • Sally White - Alexander Thomson 2017 - his bicentennial year

      Sally is a Director and Secretary of the Alexander Thomson Society, with a background in architecture and landscape. She is a former Property Manager of Holmwood, Thomson’s beautiful villa in Cathcart. She is also the co-author of the Society’s project for the transformation of Thomson’s Category ‘A’ listed former Caledonia Road Church in the Gorbals.

      Sally will be looking back over the Bicentenary events of 2017 and the scope of the Alexander Thomson Society’s achievements in extending awareness of ‘Greek Thomson’ and his architecture. The challenge now facing the Society is how to build on this past year to achieve its aims and respond to the interest that has been generated.

Tuesday, 20th February 2018

    • John Yellowlees - Going Round in Circles

    A graduate in geography and urban design, John Yellowlees spent seventeen years in the Departments of the Environment and Transport, mostly in London, before joining the railways in Scotland where he latterly led ScotRail's ‘Adopt a Station’ programme before retiring last year into an honorary role. A link between the two parts of his career was provided by Michael Portillo for whom he worked thirty years ago on transport for London Docklands, then in recent years provided support on filming the Scottish legs of Great British Railway Journeys.
    John will look at history of the Caledonian Railway and the  development of Glasgow's South Side.

Tuesday, 24th April 2018 (following the AGM)

    • Karen Mailley-Watt and Rachael Purse - The History Girls Frae Scotland

    After meeting at work in the heritage sector, Karen Mailley-Watt and Rachael Purse’s friendship blossomed over a love of tea and old stuff. Both women have a huge amount of passion for the celebration and promotion of Scottish heritage, culture and history. So much so, both women were awarded scholarships in 2016 to continue their research at PhD level at the University of Glasgow and The Glasgow School of Art on separate projects.

    Karen and Rachael will delve into the fascinating history of the South-Side through its female inhabitants. Rachael and Karen will discuss the colourful, energetic and powerful female personalities of Glasgow’s Southside including artists and designers, as well as activists and wealthy philanthropists, in order to create a HERstory of this side of the city.