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    Doune Castle – Shawlands’ forgotten music venue

      Local folk passing the unloved and empty Poundworld shopfront on Kilmarnock Rd may not know of its colourful past and the contribution it made to the Scottish music scene in the 1970s and 1980s.     Some key and influential names in Scottish, UK and global rock and pop plied their musical skills and […]

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    Decoding the Gorbals’ Girl With Rucksack statue

      This is a place founded on being ‘on the outside’—sited just beyond the original city limits, the Gorbals built its formidable reputation on the ability to accommodate migrants from around the world, give them a start, and then watch them leave to make way for the next arrivals. A tight community that paradoxically eulogises […]

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    New Report: Why Do Historic Places Matter?

    South Glasgow is the proud home of several historic architectural gems, the most well-known being Pollok House.  It is maintained and funded by the National Trust for Scotland, which itself was established in this Maxwell family home in 1931.  Places like Pollok House are preserved, in the words of NTS, to ‘encourage people to connect […]

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    Southside Libraries : Pollokshields, Hutchesontown & Govanhill’s historic public buildings

      With #LoveYourLibraries month drawing to a close, World Book Day fast approaching on 3rd March and Covid restrictions easing, there’s no better time to visit a local library and find a good book. The Southside of Glasgow boasts several historic libraries which have provided its communities with fiction, information and welcoming reading space down […]

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    Renewing Lyceum Govan’s faded ambition

    How did this grand Streamline International Style cinema come to be, what does it tell us about Glasgow’s Art Deco era and where next after 15 years lying empty?

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    James Miller’s Art Deco Leyland Motors

    Can this derelict Art Deco icon in Glasgow’s Southside be reanimated?

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    The Tobacco Lords Part 1

    The connections between Glasgow and the tobacco trade of the eighteenth century are well-known.

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    The Stevens and Bellahouston Park

    Bellahouston Park is known for its outdoor artworks, sculptures, and House for an Art Lover, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and built in 1996. Few know of the estate’s connections to the transatlantic slave trade.

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    Queen’s Park Train Station

    Bruce Downie blogs about the history of Queen’s Park Train Station and uncovers some surprising facts!

  • Nithsdale Mission Hall

    You may have heard about Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s Queen’s Park United Presbyterian Church on Langside Road (destroyed by bombing in 1943). As well as the church on Langside Road, there was also another church built on Balvicar Drive (which you can still see today) and then also a Mission Hall on Nithsdale Drive. Although this […]