Old Glasgow Club Lecture Series

Join Old Glasgow Club for one of their regular talks on a wide range of topics pertinent to the history of Glasgow!

Old Glasgow Club Lecture Series

About Old Glasgow Club Lecture Series

The Old Glasgow Club was formed in 1900 for people interested in Glasgow, its environs, its history and its people.

We meet in Adelaide's, 209 Bath St, Glasgow at 7:30pm on the second Thursday of the month, from September through to April.
Tea and coffee are available from 7:00pm.

Lectures cover a wide range of topics all pertinent to the history of Glasgow.

Annual membership costs £20 and an individual talk costs £4 to non-members.
Club membership entitles the holder to the use of the Old Glasgow Club Library which is located at the Trades House, Glassford Street.


November 9th: 120 years of Candlemaking - Rosy Barnet, Shearer Candles
Founded in 1897 by Mr Shearer and Mr Harvey who had worked as chandlers in the Candleriggs of Glasgow, Shearer Candles is the UK's longest established lifestyle candle company.

When the last of the Shearers retired in 1972 the present owners, the Barnet family, took over. While much has changed, the artisanal approach stills underpin everything Shearer Candles does.


December 14th: Glasgow, Mapping the City - John Moore
John Moore presents a fascinating insight into how Glasgow has changed and developed over the last 500 years.

The maps feature topics such as: the development of the Clyde and its shipbuilding industry, the villages which were gradually subsumed into the city, how the city was policed, what lies underneath the city streets, the growth of Glasgow during the Industrial Revolution, the development of transport, the city’s green spaces, the health of Glasgow, Glasgow as a tourist destination, the city as a wartime target, and its regeneration in the 1980s as the host city of one of the UK’s five National Garden Festivals.


January 11th: George Square and its Environs - Niall Murphy
George Square – the heart of Glasgow and central to its identity. Join architect Niall Murphy of Glasgow City Heritage Trust for an evening explaining the square.

Highlights include a discussion on the evolution and the many permutations of the square in its journey across three centuries – from farmland in Jacobean times, to a muddy waste in the heart of James Barrys New Town, to a late Georgian private romantic garden, the influence of Paris and the City Improvements on the mid-Victorian layout of the newly public square, to the civic square embodying the values of the Second City of the Empire, to the space that commemorates the sacrifices of Glaswegians in the First and Second World Wars.


March 8th: Disappearing Glasgow - Chris Leslie
Acclaimed photographer Chris Leslie leads us through a moving account of the buildings and communities that are vanishing as Glasgow regenerates. Disappearing Glasgow is a striking, evocative chronicle of what is – or isn’t – left behind.


12th April: Central Station - Paul Lyons
WHEN Central Station’s cavernous underground tunnels were opened up for the first time to the public, 100 ticketed places were offered.

That first tour attracted 83,000 applications.

A few years on and it's consistently rated number one of Glasgow’s ‘must dos’ on Trip Advisor. Most of the credit for that must go to Paul Lyons, historian for Network Rail.

It's a great privilege for the Old Glasgow Club to host Paul to speak about the work he does.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Old Glasgow Club Lecture Series are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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