Heritage Hits – Things to do in Autumn

Hello all! We are very sorry for the radio silence over the last few weeks but due to the recent events in Glasgow (namely a second fire at a very well-known building) and our PhD’s, we have been a bit snowed under with work. We have however, managed to compile a list of ‘heritage hits’…

Jessie Newbery – A charmingly gentle artist & a strong backbone

Jessie Wylie Newbery (1864–1948) was born in Paisley, near Glasgow, on 28 May 1864, one of the four children of William Rowat and his wife, Margaret Downie Hill. William Rowat was a shawl manufacturer and later tea importer who had strong views about women receiving an education. She attended a private school in Paisley before…

Reviving Paisley’s Heritage & Jessie Newbery

We’re delighted to announce that we shall be facilitating a lecture and workshop focusing on  Jessie Wylie Newbery (1864-1948) and the impact of women on Paisley’s design heritage. The event will be held at Paisley Arts Centre on the 18th May 2018 1.30pm-3pm.  Jessie enrolled as a student at the Glasgow School of Art in 1884,…

Backstage at the Citz!

Well, hello darlings! Fancy doing something completely different this year and beating the January blues? Why not book onto one of the Citizen’s Theatre backstage Tours! The tours run from January until June this year but remember, the building will be closing this year for the £19.4 million refurbishment and will not be open back up…

‘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…

The Glasgow Guild: Restoring Glasgow one seat at a time

The Glasgow Guild are a company everyone should know, not only in Glasgow but world-wide. This bustling busy workshop which is situated above Singl-End in the Garnethill area of Glasgow is a wonderland of fabrics, furniture and beautifully eccentric chit-chat. Run by Jonathan Cokey and John Cowie, the Glasgow Guild is only four years old…

Amazing what you find in the attic!

Hidden away in the upper section of Cottiers Theatre, sits a golden gilded (literally) gem of a restaurant. Named after the Glaswegian architect, William Leiper FRIBA RSA (1839-1916), the eatery not only is a feast for the eyes and belly but subtly celebrates Leiper’s relationship with the buildings name-sake Daniel Cottier (1838–1891). The new restaurant, which showcases…

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…