Pollokshields Heritage


2014-15 Lecture Series - in the Fotheringay Centre



Tuesday 17 November 2015:      HOLLY RUMBLE      ‘Glasgow and the Turner Prize’

From 1st October-17th January, Tramway will be hosting this year’s prestigious Turner Prize exhibition. Since 1984, this prize has been hosted at Tate Britain in London, and recently in alternate years at Liverpool, Gateshead and Derry-Londonderry. This is the first time the exhibition has been presented in Scotland. This lecture explores the high number of artists from Glasgow who have been nominated over the years (including three of the last five winners), and the role of the Turner Prize in the broader Glasgow arts scene.

Tuesday 19 January 2016:      HELEN KENDRICK      ‘Historic Interiors – Pollokshields and Beyond’

Helen Kendrick will give an illustrated talk looking behind the front doors of some of the city's most alluring buildings, in the Pollokshields area and throughout Glasgow, exploring their fascinating stories. The talk will be based on Helen’s recent book Glasgow Interiors which charts the evolution of the city’s interiors from the mid-1800s to the 1930s. www.birlinn.co.uk/Glasgow-Interiors.html

Tuesday 23 February 2016:      RONNIE SCOTT       ‘When the Wild West came to the East End - Buffalo Bill in Glasgow 1891-92’

Colonel William Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill, brought his spectacular Wild West show to Dennistoun in November 1891. For three months, the East End became home to his travelling band of rough riders, sharp shooters, native North Americans, numerous support workers and a small herd of buffalo. Glasgow historian Dr Ronnie Scott tells the full story, including the Colonel's visit to Ibrox Park and how Annie Oakley learned to bicycle on the slopes of Golfhill.

Tuesday 26 April 2016:      ALASTAIR DINSMOR      ‘The City of Glasgow Police – 175 Years of History’

The City of Glasgow Police has a fascinating history. From the City’s attempts to establish a police force in 1779 and again in 1789, it eventually obtained the Glasgow Police Act of 1800. The presentation outlines crimes and the detectives who caught the criminals through the 19th and into the 20th century. Innovations such as photographic criminal identification, early forensic crime scene examination and even the chequered cap band of many of the World’s police were pioneered in Glasgow. The principal events during the turbulent years of the 20th century shaped the City and its police force up to the final years before 1975 when it ceased as a separate entity and became part of Strathclyde Police.