Pollokshields Heritage


2019-20 Lecture Series - in the Fotheringay Centre


Tuesday, 12th November 2019                                                            ELEANOR HERRING

Dr Eleanor Herring is a lecturer in Design History and Theory at Glasgow School of Art. She has a long-standing interest in state and government-sponsored design artefacts an

Street Furniture Design: Contesting Modernism in Post-War Britain

Drawing on research published in Street Furniture Design (Bloomsbury 2016), this talk will explore how the design of street furniture became the site of a fierce struggle in post-war Britain, which exposed deep-seated anxieties about class, taste and power.

Tuesday, 14th January 2020                                                                          NIALL MURPHY

Niall Murphy is Deputy Director of Glasgow City Heritage Trust and a conservation accredited architect. He is heavily involved in heritage, conservation and community issues in Glasgow, being Chair of Govanhill Baths Building Preservation Trust, Vice Chair of Pollokshields Trust, former chair of Pollokshields Heritage, former Planning Convener for Pollokshields Community Council, a Glasgow Urban Design Panelist and member of the Development Management Working Group for the Scottish Government’s Planning Review. In 2016 Niall helped secure Scottish Government funding for the ‘Make Your Mark’ East Pollokshields and Port Eglinton Charrette. He has also won a number of awards for his work. 

Henry Edward Clifford (1852-1932) - Pollokshields’ Architect

One of the key architects from Glasgow’s Golden Age, Clifford really should be better known. His Burgh Hall, villas and tenements in Pollokshields have long been admired but there are other sides to Clifford, and he is that rare beast, the Glaswegian architect with a European reputation. Join Niall Murphy to find out more.

Tuesday, 18th February 2020                                                                            NAN STEELE
Nan spent 17 years as a guide at Pollok House with the National Trust for Scotland during. While there she developed a great interest not only in the Maxwell family and local history, but also in the historical characters in many of the wonderful paintings kept there. Although now retired from the trust, she still maintains a great interest in Pollok House and regularly appears both as a volunteer guide and a participant in all sorts of activities including costumed murder mysteries and presentations.

Sir John Stirling Maxwell – His Life and Achievements

The talk will cover Sir John’s life and his many achievements in and around Glasgow and beyond. In some ways he is a forgotten man and I will hope to remedy that and bring his memory alive. 

  Tuesday, 21st April 2020                                                                             COLIN MACKIE
Colin Mackie was one of the research officers on the original Southern Necropolis Research Project back in 1988. The pioneering project being the Gorbals’ then contribution to the City of Culture celebrations. Although the project ran out in 1991, the current Friends of Southern Necropolis group strive to continue to preserve and promote the many unique assets of the Gorbals very own "City of the Dead". Colin Mackie (aka The Happy Reaper) is the community history co-ordinator for the group.

The Southern Necropolis

The Southern Necropolis is the final resting place of approximately 250,000 contributors to the rich historical legacy of the Gorbals, and Glasgow. Buried within the three sections of the cemetery are the likes of, Sir Thomas Lipton, Allan Glen, Alexander Greek Thomson and also the legendary White Lady Monument (walk around her three times, speaking her name or you may be turned to stone).

As previously, we look forward to welcoming you to the Fotheringay Centre, 57 Fotheringay Road G41 4NN, 7 for 7.30pm, £5 with refreshments.

(The background imageabove is a detail of repoussé metal door furniture in the offices of Miller and Lang, Art Publishers, Darnley Street, Pollokshields., 1902)       Photo ©RM                                      www.pollokshieldsheritage.org