Category: History

On Peoples’ Palaces by Hailey Maxwell

On Peoples’ Palaces by Hailey Maxwell TheDrouth     Having quietly endured almost twenty years of managed decline, writes Hailey Maxwell, it is crucial that we consider the possibility that the Peoples’ Palace on Glasgow Green – a valuable civic asset and monument to Scottish history and working-class life may presently be at real risk …

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Winter Gardens event, January 1989

As reported by Angus Calder in the London Review of Books Just seventy years after Friday, 31 January 1919, when troops and tanks stood by to quell a mass rally, in Glasgow’s George Square, of West of Scotland workers campaigning for a forty-hour week, the event was remembered in the People’s Palace, the museum of …

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Messages on our birthday

People’s Palace 122nd birthday, 22 January 2020Messages from people who could not be with us:From actor John Cairney and his wife Alannah O’Sullivan. Both were very active in the 1990 campaign to help the People’s Palace. Unfortunately, Alannah and I can’t be with you.We genuinely wish you and all at the People’s Palace a deserving …

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Seven facts about Glasgow Green

Aerial image from GlasgowLive.co.uk

Glasgow Green was featured in this great article on ‘Glasgow Live’ on 30/11/19. They list seven intriguing facts you might not know about the 146 acre public space next to the River Clyde, which attracts around 2 million visitors per year, and has played host to some of the most important historical events in Glasgow.

Glasgow Green Timeline

Glasgow Green painting

13 January, Feast of St Mungo, patron saint of Glasgow who first named the settlement Glas Chu, ‘the dear Green place’. 17 January, birthday of Matt McGinn of the Calton (1928-1977) whose ashes rest in the Winter Gardens 19 January 1736 Birthday of James Watt 22 January (1898) opening of the People’s Palace ‘for ever and …

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Glasgow Green in the News

Glasgow Green painting

A look at coverage of the Green in the news archives, from 1853 to 1899 Glasgow Constitutional 16 July 1853 Glasgow Fair on Glasgow Green Hylton’s Royal Menagerie, Glasgow Fair. 10am – 10pm. Lions, tigers, leopards, panthers, hyenas and howling wolves, with birds,beasts and monsters of the deep. + brass band. Pro bono publico Paisley …

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