TALKS PROGRAMME: The Ancient and Historical Village of Partick

Kelvin Hall 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Gordon Urquhart, author and historian, will present an illustrated talk on the development of Partick from its earliest days as a medieval milling centre and bishopric retreat through to its formative years of heavy industry in the 19th century. The archaeological discovery of the Bishop’s Castle site in Beith Street a few years ago, will […]

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TALKS PROGRAMME: The Enduring Appeal of The Tenement

Kelvin Hall 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow has long since claimed the tenement as its own, but there are examples of this most durable and desirable of urban housing models across the country, with particularly good tenements up and down the west coast. Join Fiona Sinclair, a conservation architect based in Partick, to hear about the architects, builders, legislation and construction […]

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Carlton Kirby’s True Tales Of The Tour De France

Òran Mór 731-735 Great Western Rd

On the eve of the 2024 Tour de France, Carlton Kirby, the Voice of cycling, shares tall tales and frank opinions from his 25 years in the commentary box. Carlton will be in conversation with former Procycling magazine writer Duncan Steer. There will be a chance to ask your own questions.

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TALKS PROGRAMME: The New Western Campus of Glasgow University

Kelvin Hall 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Glasgow University's new Western Campus is rapidly expanding with the completion of the James McCune Smith Learning Hub, Clarice Pears building, Advanced Research Centre (ARC) and Adam Smith Business School. These new buildings surround the central open space of St Mungo's Square and the innovative Rain Gardens, which together form an attractive new public pedestrian […]

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TALKS PROGRAMME: Websters 20 Years On: Challenges of Re-using Churches

Kelvin Hall 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Websters Theatre, formerly Lansdowne Parish Church, was an exceptional building needing new life and restoration. It now offers a theatre space seating 182, with a successful community space, and its new name refers to the nationally acclaimed stained glass designer Alf Webster. David Robertson, Director of Four Acres Charitable Trust, examines the typical multiple challenges […]

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TALKS PROGRAMME: Victorian Tenements and The Climate Emergency

Kelvin Hall 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom

We're all aware of the need to improve energy efficiency and decarbonise the heating in existing tenement flats. Chris Morgan will shed light on practical measures to enhance our living spaces while minimising our carbon footprint. Steve Luker will examine the prospects for renewable energy development in Scotland and describe a feasibility study funded by […]

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TALKS PROGRAMME: North Kelvinside

Kelvin Hall 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Rowena Statt, local resident and architect, presents old maps and archive images to explain the Victorian evolution of North Kelvinside, when speculative building rapidly consumed the R. Kelvin's beautiful wooded north bank. The tenements, terraces and villas remain, still in demand today, as are churches, shops, schools, bridges and even an industrial relic, the North […]

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TALKS PROGRAMME: Victorian Style Leisure and Pleasure

Kelvin Hall 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom

What organised sports were around in Victorian west end? Ann Laird offers a historical overview of a wide range of activities available around Woodlands, Park, Hillhead, Partick, Dowanhill, Hyndland and Kelvinside. From the Arlington baths and swimming pond, to nearby Burnbank Grounds and beyond, there was cricket, bowls, curling, football and tennis, not to mention […]

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TALKS PROGRAMME: Mesmerising Macro and Wonderful Wee Beasties

Kelvin Hall 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Exceptional and internationally celebrated Glaswegian macro photographer David Hamilton (@weemadbeasties), shares his knowledge and passion for the mesmerizing world of macro photography; unveiling the remarkable beauty within our everyday surroundings, especially insects and spiders. Presented in conjunction with the Hunterian Museum Entomology collection, and Glasgow's GALLANT climate resilience project. For more info - info@westfest.uk

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TALKS PROGRAMME: The Swinging Sixties (Or, When Lord Esher Came to Town)

Kelvin Hall 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom

After WW2, Glasgow's infamous 'Bruce Plan'; proposed motorways encircling a completely remodelled futuristic city centre. So many key assets were demolished for modernisation that by 1964 our Victorian heritage was in mortal danger. This was part of a national problem, and Westminster passed the protective Civic Amenities Act in 1967. Glasgow quickly designated its first […]

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TALKS PROGRAMME: The Enigma of Sir John James Burnet

Kelvin Hall 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom

In talent, Sir JJ Burnet’s was as great as Thomson and Mackintosh while his career was even more stellar in achievement - yet he remains little known, the most mysterious of the Glasgow architects. Has Burnet's ability as stylistic chameleon contributed to this overshadowing? Niall Murphy, Deputy Director of Glasgow City Heritage Trust discusses the […]

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TALKS PROGRAMME: Hugh and David Barclay and The Golden Summer of Glasgow’s Architecture

Kelvin Hall 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Niall Murphy, Director of Glasgow City Heritage Trust and conservation architect, will talk about the buildings of brother architects Hugh and David Barclay (1828-1892 and 1846 - 1917) both members of Alexander Thomson's circle, who were best known for the many schools they designed often as Italian Palazzos. Amongst others, these include Glasgow Academy at […]

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