Aug 30 2022
Hi everyone, please see below the notice for our AGM on Thursday. Hope to see you all there. There will also be a talk from historian Peter Mortimer on “100 Years of the Glasgow Barras”
Aug 04 2022
This excellent article in April’s edition of History Scotland’s online magazine is reprinted below. It follows the article of 24 March 2022 on the re-opening of the Burrell Collection.
It is well worth a read providing a detailed history of the People’s Palace & Winter Gardens. The People’s Palace, Glasgow – History Scotland
Winter Gardens from above 5 February 2021, Peter Morton
Jul 29 2022
Con-sultation, In-sultation: A Keelie View on the People’s Palace
Even worse than privatising our assets is the Council’s sham called ‘consultation’ with architects-New Practice. Consultation = Pulling the wool over our eyes, their well-used ‘model’.
Despite the fact of 70,000+ online signatures and a very l-o-n-g established ‘Friends’ support group which includes world experts of renown and generations of museum users, the Council employs New Practice architects to consult 20 voters of Calton ward plus anyone who turns up at the Green on 11th June 2022 – no time given! Not to mention an online questionnaire that fankles you into agreeing the Council’s real ambition for a commercialisation agenda. Are you smelling a whiff of the Chamber’s Potty about our squandered money down the drain?
Keelies know that since 1898, The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens has had a very clear designation – it is a palace for people’s memories and tranquil space for their well-being. Keelies say-there is NO NEED FOR A CONSULTATION – we demand FULL REFURBISHMENT NOW: we know the building – we use the building and we own the building! By historical occupation and use Keelies expect it to remain fully maintained and with free access. No consultation – full investment and re-greening now! And bleaching the integrity out of the museum Collection is yet more council intentional disinvestment of our assets. We all know how that pans out.
The con-sultation wants us to rank 5 daft words to sum up the Calton! What’s right-rank is that our land and heritage is being spirited away with the culprits pensioned off and not sacked. £68 million for a refurb of the Burrell after only 34 years at the expense of dozens of sports, land, and heritage facilities lost forever. And it’s crumbs for the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, the people’s heritage running on less than a shoestring for the past 124 years!
This con-sultation is a red herring no doubt cloaking greedy wee investors’ interests. The building already has its clear identity well loved by locals and over 200,000+ (2019) world visitors alike. Its purpose dovetails with the ancient history of the ground it stands upon. It is not for sale, not for repurpose and not for reimagining.
Keelies demand that the Council maintains the original brief for the building and gardens and finally invests in its collection and stops dumbing it down. Let’s rise to our duty and preserve the story of our struggles, let’s protect The People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, from council privatisation by stealth.
Assume this in-sultation is a con. Beware of Council scams.
Jul 29 2022
In Defence of People’s Palace and Winter Gardens despite the Council £19.7 million funding gap.
On a recent visit to the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens Museum I was in the downstairs area only with a disabled person and we were hoping to enjoy the atmosphere of the Winter Gardens but were disappointed as it was closed.
However, I was quite surprised at the displays, the Glasgow-lite version of ourselves which we offer international and local visitors. Whoever wrote the commentaries has focused on economic prestige but white-washed the social history reality of how it came about. For some reason Glasgow’s 4 Empire Exhibitions 1888, 1901, 1911 and 1938 are thought to merit a wall display. They ‘celebrate the City’s status as Second City of the Empire’. They simply glorified Empire as a golden era ignoring that its success was built on Africa slavery and the corporate looting of India masking oppressive regimes, violence, the bloodshed of estimated 35 million Indians perpetrating utter impoverishment. A schoolchild would find the content questionable.
May 15 2022
Glasgow Life has agreed to lend the copy of the Rutherglen St Eloi statue, made for the People’s Palace displays in 1975.
The piece has an important story to tell, not just for Rutherglen, but for the wholesale cultural destruction which took place of all catholic images at the time of the Scottish Reformation of 1560. The first two of the Ten Commandments, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before Me’ and ‘Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image..’ led to the wholesale smashing of statues and obliteration of devotional paintings in Scotland by the religious reformers. St Eloi, hidden beneath the floor of Rutherglen Parish Church, is a rare survivor. His story is told on the following pages.
When discovered in 1794, the statue was brightly painted as shown in the drawing above.
Photographs by Springburn photographer Willie Graham (1845-1914) taken in 1902 show the paint and gilding on the statue intact, after which it was scrubbed to the bare sandstone. It is remarkable that a pre-Reformation religious statue survived with its colour intact for 350 years in Scotland and the piece is unique in this respect.
Photographs courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow.
The copy fibreglass statue was exhibited without colour from 1975. In 1989, a tracing was made in preparation for the Early Glasgow Gallery re-display.
The copy statue was then painted in the colours in which it was discovered and shown in context as a flat-backed altar statue, using materials from other recently-demolished churches in Glasgow:
The original statue is now in the Hamilton Museum collection, following local government reorganisation in 1996. It is not currently on display.
More can be read about Rutherglen Old Parish Church here: https://rutherglenoldparish.org/historical-background-to-the-site-of-rutherglen-old-parish-church/
For the rarity of the St Eloi statue, see Lost Interiors: the Furnishings of Scottish Churches in the Later Middle Ages by David McRoberts (1912-1978) published by the Scottish Catholic Historical Association, 2013, p128
May 15 2022
Landemer Day 11th June Main St Rutherglen Gala Day Starts about 11 am
There will be fundraising stalls, street entertainment and live music as well as kiddies rides, bouncy castles and hopefully the climbing wall to add to the attractions of the day.
Q: Where was the only source of bananas in Glasgow during WW2?
A: The Winter Gardens on Glasgow Green.
The Rutherglen St Eloi to appear for Landemer Day 2022
Glasgow Life has agreed to lend the copy of the Rutherglen St Eloi statue, made for the People’s Palace displays in 1975. The piece has an important story to tell, not just for Rutherglen, but for the wholesale cultural destruction which took place of all catholic images at the time of the Scottish Reformation of 1560. The first two of the Ten Commandments, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before Me’ and ‘Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image..’ led to the wholesale smashing of statues and obliteration of devotional paintings in Scotland by the religious reformers. St Eloi, hidden beneath the floor of Rutherglen Parish Church, is a rare survivor. More information on his story is told in our news page.
Apr 12 2022
Thursday 14th April at 7:00pm. Calton Heritage & Learning Centre, 423 London Road G40 1AG
Your chance to hear what the candidates have to say and to ask questions about the future of our local and internationally famous Palace and Winter Gardens.
Apr 05 2022
Children’s Easter Event – Free Event
Join us on Easter Sunday 17th April 12:30pm until 3:00pm at the Clyde View Bay Area next to the Blue Bridge on Glasgow Green
Face Painting/ Rickshaw Rides/Goodie bags