GWL, Banners & Processions 2018

We’ve been really busy over the last couple of months but we took some time out to visit one of The Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) banner making workshops.  The workshop, which was held on a Saturday (perfect excuse not to study) was a fun and welcoming event in collaboration with The Scottish Refugee Council.  Going…

International Women’s Day Events – Cross Country

We have been struggling to keep up with all the wonderful International Women’s Day Events which will be taking place throughout March. So, we thought it would be best to pull together a list and share with everyone. Please note, we are not organising any of these events, so any questions should be sent to…

Guest Post – Jessie Stephen: Suffrage Pioneer

Anabel Marsh, aka The Glasgow Gallivanter, graduated in History almost 40 years ago, but didn’t give it much further thought until she retired a few years ago. She now volunteers as a women’s history tour guide with both Glasgow Women’s Library and Maryhill Burgh Halls and is enjoying discovering all the wonderful women who weren’t…

Citz Superstar – Mary Sweeney

Mary was born in Derry in 1923, the eldest of three children. At 17, at the outbreak of war, she travelled to Manchester alone where she worked as a nurse for the duration of the war. She was the only woman on a boat full of soldiers on the way over. The boat had to stop…

Guest Post: Violet Mary Craig Roberton (1888-1954)

Hope you’re all having a good January so far, if not never fear, there are eleven more months to make it up. Today we are chuffed to present another lovely Guest Post, this time about a personal history rediscovered by an intrepid researcher, take it away Clare. Clare Thomson is a librarian in Special collections…

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…

**SOLD OUT** MORE TICKETS!! HERstory Talk (Take Two)

Ok, we are DELIGHTED to announce that we have more tickets available for sale for our HERstory event on Nov 15th 2017. The Lord Provost of Glasgow, Eva Bolander, heard of our search for a venue and contacted the Trust personally to offer us space in the City Chambers! Absolutely amazing! We are so grateful for…

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…

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…

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….