Painted Ladies & Kellie Castle

As you may have noticed, we have been very quiet over the last couple of months. Really, this is due to our PhD’s and other heritage projects taking over our lives which we whole-heartedly apologise for.  To prove how busy we have been, over the next couple of months we will be presenting some of…

Making Faces – Anna Coleman Ladd

For the last few months I have been researching Scottish war memorial design. It’s not exactly what I had in mind when I started researching women and design. Yet here we are and I must say it is a fascinating topic. The first World War has many heartbreaking stories associated with it; loved-ones bodies not…

The Winter Lowdown: January-March

It’s cold, I’m overweight, and my liver is screaming at me to stop drinking. This can only mean one thing… It’s January! I am in the very fortunate position that I LOVE my job, but my first Monday back in the office was not easy, the Christmas fog caused by gluttony and slothful behaviour had…

Websters Theatre & Bistro

Nestled in the heart of Great Western Road sits a church. Many people walk past it, not noticing the hive of activity slowly breathing new life into the building. The building in question is Landsdowne Parish Church which was designed by Glaswegian architect John Honeyman in 1863, but now it has been lovingly transformed into the…

The Future of Holmwood House, a discussion day

  Hidden on the Southside of Glasgow is a spectacular sight. Holmwood House is a pure wee gem of a building which is under-visited, under-appreciated and often forgotten  by the everyday punter.  Rachael and I were lucky enough to be invited to an informal discussion day where we chatted about how the National Trust for Scotland…

Forward! GWL March & Exhibition Launch

On a humid Saturday in Glasgow, we were treated to the spectacular sight of Peace Crusaders dressed all in white, sashed and beribboned, on the Green.   We hadn’t accidentally gone back in time (thank god, we love having the vote and the internet too much), we had arrived at the meeting point for the…

Exhibiton Review: Surreal Encounters, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

The Surreal Encounters: Collecting the Marvellous exhibition is this summer’s blockbuster at The Scottish National Gallery’s Modern One.  It’s deserving of this epithet, as it’s spread over numerous rooms, and even the front lawn…  Yes, there’s a purpose-built playground.  Which obviously we couldn’t help but try out, for the sake of this review.  It was the…

GSA Degree Show 2016

  Last week both Rachael and myself were lucky enough to be invited along to the Glasgow School of Art Degree Show 2016. Although we very much enjoyed partaking in the free booze, we both managed to take some great photographs of the work displayed at the Reid Building and the fantastic fashion show. For…

In Vogue at Stirling Castle

Yesterday the sun was shining on Scotland, so with copious amounts of Factor 50+ applied (we’re Scottish ok?!), Karen, Ian our STV cameradude and myself headed to Stirling Castle for ‘In Vogue’, an event which promised to celebrate ‘the brilliance of Renaissance haute couture…  Welcome to the dazzling world of 16th-century style.’  As a Vogue subscriber and make-up junkie who studied fashion…

Spring Lowdown: What to do now it isn’t so cold

Spring has well and truly sprung!  There are daffodils everywhere I look, and it has even been vaguely mild.  I have taken the serious step of putting away all my thickest winter jumpers and replaced them with my lighter knitwear.  Knitwear is still necessary, because I live in Scotland, and I’m a realist.  So, you’re…

Study Day: Modern Scottish Women: Painters & Sculptors 1885-1965

Yesterday Karen and I went into the capital to attend the  Scottish Society for Art History Study Day which accompanies the Modern Scottish Women: Painters & Sculptors 1885-1965 Exhibition currently being held at Modern Two.  The event was held in the rather swish Hawthorne Lecture Theatre at the Scottish National Gallery on Princes Street and consisted of…