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…

Women of the Necropolis

Honorary History Girl, Erin Walter, talks to Rachael about the female residents of Glasgow’s most famous graveyard.

St. Andrews in the Square, Glasgow

Weddings are a funny thing. Different ceremonies, cultures, traditions and of course, different venues. I’m in no way a lovie-dovie person (ask my husband) but one of the main reasons I love weddings so much is due to the fact I can see a historic building brought back to life. There is something truly beautiful…

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…

Rottenrow Maternity Hospital, Glasgow

  Glasgow’s famous Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow was founded as the Glasgow Lying-in Hospital and Dispensary in 1834 in Greyfriars Wynd. It moved to St Andrew’s Square, Glasgow in 1841 then to Rottenrow in 1860. Since 2001, it has been part of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, housed in the Princess Royal building. Here’s a…

Isabella Elder

Isabella Elder was the remarkable wife of Glaswegian shipbuilder and marine engineer John Elder, the owner of the vast Fairfields shipyards in Govan. Isabella is often overshadowed by her husband’s achievements and the Fairfields name, she was clearly involved in the running of the company, taking the reins for 9 months after her husband’s death…

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…

Venue in focus: Cottiers Theatre

Karen and Rachael visit Cottiers Theatre, formerly Lansdowne Church in Glasgow’s West End. For once they are not going for a pint, they are going to talk about Daniel Cottier the genius behind the outrageously exotic decor side, as well as the glorious stained glass windows.