Heritage Hits – Autumn 2019

Hello everyone! We have awoken from the PhD slumber to bring you the BEST Heritage Hits for Autumn 2019. Myself and Rachael have been squirreled away researching, writing and re-drafting our uni work and we can now see light at the end of the tunnel.  We are now both in our final year and both plan to submit before Christmas, which means more time for blogging and history events AFTER the winter period. We will also feature, along with TV Historian Fergus Sutherland, in the upcoming re-launch of the People’s History Show on STV at the start of the year.


Here’s our suggestions for exhibitions, events and talk to attend this Autumn. FYI, we are also plugging our upcoming talk at the National Galleries of Scotland so look out for that in the blog post.


Mary Cameron: Life in Paint will open in the 2nd November at Edinburgh City Art Centre. The exhibition, will hopefully, shine a light on this often overlooked artist. The exhibition is FREE and will run until 15th March 2020.

This next one is a must see – Cut and Paste | 400 Years of Collage at the National Galleries of Scotland. This is the first survey of collage in the world and includes over 250 works. Tickets range from £11-13, Where: Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art (Modern Two). Catch it soon, as it closes on the 27th October 2019.



18th October, 1.00pm, “Scotland and Slavery in the West Indies” – The Union of 1707 facilitated Scotland’s entry into British slavery in the West Indies. This involvement was used to increase the wealth of Scotland, and also allowed Scots to “better themselves” financially as quickly as possible. New and important historical links between Scotland and West Indian slavery islands, such as Jamaica, will be presented in this talk by Sir Geoff Palmer. Where: City Chambers

Arts and Crafts Women by Dr. Robyne Calvert will be held at the Engine Shed, Stirling on the 23rd October at 6pm. Robyne will discuss Phoebe Anna Traquair, Jessie Newbery, Frances and Margaret Macdonald and Ann Macbeth. Guest speaker, Laura Boomer, will also be discussing her role as Bureau Coordinator at the GSA and the process behind creating textiles for our fantastic exhibition.Tickets: £5.00

Sheila Masson of the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust will talk about the Women of Riddle’s Court on the 24th October at GWL. You might have heard of Patrick Geddes in association with Riddle’s Court, but what of the women connected to this 400 year old merchant’s house? Glasgow Women’s Library will hold this event and all information can be found on their website. Tickets: FREE

On the 24th October, 7pm Prof. Bruce Peter will explore ship design from the heyday of the ‘ocean greyhound’, with an emphasis on Clyde-built liners and their interiors. Tickets: £5.00 for non-members. Where: Renfield St. Stephen’s Church Halls, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow.

Friday 25th October at 1.00p.m. “Punjabi Folk Myth and Culture Before Partition” – Dr Churnjeet Mahn presents an overview of how British scholars produced the first printed collections of Punjabi folk-tales in the 19th century. What happens to an oral culture when it is translated and transferred to print? The collections made simplistic divisions between Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims to create a misunderstanding of Punjabi folk culture that persisted in British writing about Punjab. Where: City Chambers

On the 30th October Glasgow City Heritage Trust will be hosting ‘Tenement: An Architectural History’ talk and exhibition. Architect John Joseph Burns will be presenting his research into the history & development of the Glasgow Tenement as an architectural typology which defines the city.  The talk will be held at 54 Bell Street, 6pm. Tickets: £6.00

We were lucky enough to be invited to talk at The National Galleries of Scotland on the 8th November, 6.30pm- 8.30pm in Cafe Portrait, Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The event ‘Where are the Women?’ is an informal evening of short talks exploring the National Galleries Collection. We will be discussing friendship and portraiture by creating parallels between some of the works held in the collection and our wonderful friendship! Tickets: £6.00 and there’s a bar – what’s not to love?

Fergus Sutherland will be talking about The Chapels at the Western and Gartnavel Hospitals on the 13th November 2pm as part of the Friends of the NTS. Tickets: £2 for non –members. Where: Renfield St. Stephen’s Church Halls, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow
The Chapels at the Western and Gartnavel Hospitals.

On the 21st November 7pm, Prof. John Hume, historian of industrial archaeology and architecture, examines some of the extraordinary, magnificent and, indeed, noble buildings put up by Glasgow’s industrialists in the 19th and early-20th centuries. Tickets: £5.00 for non-members. Where: Renfield St. Stephen’s Church Halls, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow.


Workshops & Other events:

Collect:If at Glasgow Women’s Library on the 7th November 5.30-7pm. Collect: if is a network run by and for creative women of colour. Join us at our welcoming, informal gatherings to connect, build the network, and learn more about opportunities to use Collect:if and GWL resources to put your practice into the spotlight. Find out more info here! Ticket: FREE

The Glasgow Life Resource Centre will be hosting  The Co-operative story Glasgow on the 3rd December . Please see their website of their What’s on Guide for more details.

If you would like us to review or feature an event on the blog, please get in touch via our email. All details can be found in the ‘Contact’ tab at the top of our website. That’s all for now but make sure you look out for this logo in the very near future!








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