We need YOU!

We need your help! As many of our readers know, we have become very, very busy recently and cannot always update the blog as frequently as we would like. We would, therefore, like to open our digital doors so to speak and invite contributions. So if you have a piece of research, an opinion, or…

Celebrating Scottish Women, a Paisley Workshop 

Yesterday was one of those days which leaves you glowing with contentment for hours afterwards. We were delighted to be asked to host a workshop at the Paisley Arts Centre for the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (TH.CARS2) by the chap running the scheme, Colin Begg. The aim of the TH.CARS2 scheme is to “improve historic…

Rachael chats with PGRNS

Rachael Purse is a PhD Candidate at The Glasgow School of Art on the ‘Bringing Back the Mack’ Scholarship which focuses on The Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Library after the fire in 2014. As part of the process, she is recording and providing critical reflection on the restoration process, as well as the changing […]…

‘Mon Paisley’s Wummin

On Friday we shall be holding a wee get-together to discuss how we should celebrate Paisley’s Women as part of Paisley 2021. If you haven’t heard of the 2021 bid the main aim is to make Paisley the UK City of Culture in 2021 and it is part of a wider push to use the town’s…

Building Scotland – Margaret Brodie

The Architect, Margaret Brodie, has much to be recognised for and it is only over the last ten years her achievements are being discussed in a similar manner to her male counterparts. Born in 1907 in Largs, she was one of three daughters of John and Jane Brodie. Her father was a civil engineer with…

Winnie Drinkwater: Action Hero

Winifred Joyce “Winnie” Drinkwater (11 April 1913 – 6 October 1996) from Cardonald was an exceptional Scot, and in my view, something of an action hero, as she was the first woman in the world to hold a commercial pilots license. Drinkwater joined the Scottish Flying Club near Renfrew in June 1930 when she was just 17, and amazingly she…

Period Chats: Jenny Knotts

Jenny is a playwright and PhD student from Glasgow. She is currently undertaking an AHRC funded Practice-as-Research PhD in the department of Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow titled Play/writing histories: Navigating the Personal, Public & Institutional stories of Theatre Space. An Architextual study of the Citizens Theatre. Previously she gained an MSc with…

The Possilpark Library Murals

The six murals for Possilpark library were designed and executed by Glasgow School of Art (GSA) students under the careful guidance of Professor Maurice Greiffenhagen (1862-1931) and Robert Anning Bell (1863-1933). Previously, Greiffenhagen had designed and painted seven panels for the Glasgow Department Store Pettigrew & Stephens which are now housed in the Hunterian Museum….

A ‘Dark, vivid type’ – Dorothy Carleton Smyth

Artist, designer, and teacher Dorothy Carleton Smyth was born in Glasgow in 1880. She began her studies at Manchester School of Art studying under Walter Crane, later continuing her training at Glasgow School of Art under Fra Newbury. During her time at GSA, Dorothy took a variety of classes including Drawing, Painting, and Stained Glass….

Opening Doors – Glasgow’s Influential Women

We’re excited to announce that booking is now live for Glasgow Doors Open Day Festival! There are several great speakers this year from a range of backgrounds and organisations. And this year we will be taking part! Exciting, we know! We’ll be discussing HERstory: Glasgow’s Influential Women, on the 15th September at 6pm at St. Andrews…

Pollokshields Business Women – Maude Webster

Maude Caroline Murdoch Cochrane (1883-1959) was born in Glasgow’s Southside in 1883. Little is known about her life before her marriage to the renowned Scottish stained glass artist, Alfred Alexander Webster (1883-1915)  including how the couple met. It is most likely that Maude and Alf may have known each other from the living in the…

Glasgow Belle: Swimming for Scotland

Let’s have a swatch at the extraordinary achievements of athlete Belle Moore, a woman we should definitely be making more noise about. Isabella Mary Moore, the eighth of nine children, was born on the 23rd October 1894 and died on the 7th of March 1975. Known as Belle Moore or by her married name Belle Cameron,…