Jan 28 2023
Jan 24 2023
On 22nd January 2023, we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Peoples Palace and the Winter Gardens at Glasgow Green – with music from The Elastic Band and Eileen Farrelly, and poetry from Christie Williamson.
Attendees included local councillors from Bridgeton and Gorbals, and there were well-received speeches by Paul Sweeney, MSP and George Parsonage MBE – the noted Clyde river rescuer spoke of the importance of the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, and the avoidable neglect of the glasshouse.
Actor Bruce Downie as Lord Roseberry re-enacted the opening speech of the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens from 125 years ago – a gift which was “To belong to the people of Glasgow Forever and Ever”.
View some photos of the event … Continue reading
Jan 02 2023
1988 was the centenary of the Celtic Football Club, and they chose to have their celebratory exhibition in the People’s Palace. The 1987-88 season was an especially good one for the Club and the exhibition was one of the most popular to have taken place in the People’s Palace.
Captain Roy Aitken posed with some of the Club silver in the Winter Gardens for publicity purposes. Behind him is the figure of Antinous (111-130AD) beloved of the Emperor Hadrian, who commissioned many statues of him after his untimely death. He is depicted as an Egyptian Pharaoh or god and was given a Celtic scarf for the photograph.
The massive statue was a reproduction obtained for Kelvingrove’s Archaeology Department in the early 20th century.
Dec 28 2022
To keep our campaign going to get the Winter Gardens restored we are asking supporters to send us photos of their celebrations at the Winter Gardens. Please send us photos and a few lines of text of your celebrations at the Winter Gardens. It maybe a wedding; attending a concert; a school outing or just having a day out with family and friends at the Winter Gardens. Please send to email@example.com
Once we have received a good few contributions we will set up a gallery on our website. looking forward to seeing your happy events.
We are starting with a Whistlebinkies concert in the 1980’s – Whistlebinkies in the Mist
The mist was created by Des McGuire’s smoke machine which enveloped the People’s Palace stage during Mayfest 1984. The Whistlebinkies L-R: Peter Anderson, Eddie McGuire, Rab Wallace, Mark Hayward, Stuart Eydmann, Mick Broderick.
Photos from the Tryst folk festival in 1986 showing Eddie McGuire conducting The Whistlebinkies & guests, rehearsing his new piece The Piper’s Return in the Winter Gardens.
Here’s another one from that day (Mayfest rehearsal 14th May 1986) left to right Eddie McGuire (composer), Ninian Perry (bass), Mary Ann Kennedy (harp), Rab Wallace (lowland pipes), Martin Hughes (bombarde), George MacIlwham (highland pipes), Judith Peacock (clarsach)
Photos courtesy of Anthony Brannan; Anthony Brannan Photography.
Info from Ruth Gillett
Dec 22 2022
Dec 08 2022
Saturday 10th December 2022 – Talk on the Collections of the People’s Palace by Elspeth King hosted by the Historical Association
Saturday 10th December 2022 at 10:30am
Talk on The Collections of the People’s Palace by Elspeth King
Hosted by The Historical Association, Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church Hall, Saltoun St, Glasgow G12 9AR
. All welcome.
Nov 11 2022
Nostalgic Film Night
Tuesday 22nd November
at 6:30pm in Barrowfield
Community Centre 67
Yate Street Barrowfield
Free Event all welcome.
Films featured will be Glasgow Eastend People’s Palace & Winter Gardens; Beardmore; McFarlane Lang biscuits and the Last Tram
Commentary by Dr Elspeth King and Peter Mortimer
Oct 27 2022
Fancy a night at the movies?
Then come along and join us at our nostalgic film night. The evening will feature two films, the first, Glasgow’s East End -the People’s Palace & Winter Gardens & Our Green will be presented by Dr Elspeth King. The second film Clyde Steamers 150’s to 1970’s will be presented by the Clyde Steamers Club.
Maybe not popcorn but free refreshments will be on offer.
This free film night will be held on Thursday 3rd November in Thenue Housing Offices, 423 London Road Glasgow. (The venue is wheelchair accessible).
Oct 21 2022